The family of Colten Boushie is seeking close to $2 million in damages from the RCMP and Gerald Stanley.
The damages are being sought in two separate statements of claim filed at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday.
In one statement of claim, seven RCMP officers and the Attorney General of Canada are named as defendants.
Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste and brothers Jace Troy and Boyblue Boushie are the plaintiffs.
This lawsuit alleges the RCMP conducted a search of the Boushie family property without a warrant, violated their Charter rights, made assumptions of alcohol consumption without evidence and failed to offer medical or counselling support after telling family members Colten had been killed.
As a result, the lawsuit claims family members suffered depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, suicidal ideation and loss of income.
The other statement of claim names Gerald Stanley as the defendant.
The plaintiff is the estate of Colten Boushie.
The lawsuit claims a negligent, reckless or intentional act by Stanley led to Boushie’s death.
The statement of claim says Stanley shot a defenceless Boushie at point-blank range in the back of the head and that he and his son Sheldon exhibited unnecessarily aggressive and forceful behaviour to the occupants of the vehicle that had ventured on to their property.
It also claims Stanley’s wife, who is a nurse, failed to offer Boushie any medical attention after he was shot and police were not notified until after he was dead.
This statement of claim is seeking funeral expenses and other damages to be paid to Debbie Baptiste.
The defendants have 20 days to respond to the statements of claim.
The lawyers named in the statements of claim are North Battleford lawyer Eleanore Sunchild and Toronto lawyer Chris Murphy.
Twenty-two-year-old Colten Boushie, of the Red Pheasant First Nation, was fatally shot by Gerald Stanley on his farm on August 9, 2016.
(PHOTO: members of Colten Boushie’s family hold a photo of him. File photo.)