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Outrage and national protests over 'horrific' Cindy Gladue murder case, verdict

Appealing for justice. The Alberta crown says it is asking for a new trial for murdered aboriginal woman Cindy Gladue, as protests are held across the country demanding justice for her death.
Aboriginal demonstrators gathered in front of the John Sopinka Courthouse on Main Street on Thursday as part of a national protest against the not-guilty verdict in the case of Cindy Gladue, as well as the cases of 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Lynda Henriksen of Hamilton, second from left, holds a sacred eagle staff with a white feather to commemorate the missing and murdered women. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Today, crown prosecutors in Edmonton announced that they have filed an appeal in the murder of Cindy Gladue. 

Gladue died a bloody death four years ago in an Edmonton motel room. Two weeks ago, Bradley Barton was acquitted of first-degree murder in her death. 

Cindy Gladue, 36, was found dead in the bathtub of a west end Edmonton hotel room four years ago. (Facebook)

The jury's decision has resulted in outrage and allegations of discrimination. Gladue was aboriginal, and at the time of her death she was working as a sex worker. Her family and friends say she died bereft of dignity, and bereft of justice.

Protests were held across the country today, calling for justice for Cindy Gladue.

"I talked about the injustices of the trial that was held for Bradley Barton and the outrage of Aboriginal women and men that weren't able to be there [for the] horrific events [within the] courtroom," Muriel Stanley Venne, one of the speakers at the protest in Edmonton, and President of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, tells As It Happens host Carol Off.

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