RCMP say they’re looking into laying hate-speech charges over racist comments made online about the Colten Boushie case.
According to RCMP, Mounties have “looked into a number of instances of potential hate crimes” over the last few months in Saskatchewan.
No charges have yet been laid but a conviction of hate speech under the Criminal Code carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.
A preliminary hearing is being held in North Battleford, Sask., to determine whether Gerald Stanley, 55, will stand trial for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Boushie, 22, last summer.
Boushie was killed while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask. Another person in the SUV has said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and sought help.