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Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal

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Updated 1:42 p.m. MDT 7/22/2020

A dozen portraits of people who were killed by police have been painted on a building in Salt Lake City following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal in Salt Lake City.

The art, installed by a group of about 20 unnamed artists, is part of a larger, ongoing movement in which thousands of people have marched in the streets across Utah to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

A man in a black shirt and a white mask speaks to a group of people with signs including one that read  “Police = Violence.”
Brian Albers / KUER

Demonstrations for police reform continued Saturday night in Salt Lake City, as more than 100 people gathered at the Capitol waving banners displaying “Black LIves Matter” and “White Silence = Violence.”

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In his decade in office, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill estimates he has reviewed nearly 100 uses of deadly force by police officers. In his most recent review, he cleared the officers who shot and killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal on May 23. Gill has ruled only a few of the killings unjustified though.

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Friday evening, July 10, 2020

Red rocks with the word Dixie written in white paint.

Friday morning, July 10, 2020

Protesters covered the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office building with posters and paint on Thursday, July 9 after a ruling that the use of deadly force by police officers who killed Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was justified.
Ross Terrell / KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency until July 13, following a protest in Salt Lake City calling for justice for Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. 

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Emily Means / KUER

Thursday evening, July 9, 2020

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Updated 6:11 p.m. MDT 7/9/2020

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled Thursday morning that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified in the shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal.

Photo of glass doors covered in posters that say things like “Justice for Bernardo” and Palacio-Carbajal’s reported last words.
Emily Means/KUER

Salt Lake City Police killed 22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal a few days before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. So, Palacios-Carbajal’s name has become part of the rallying cry of Utah protests against racial injustice and police brutality. 

Photo of protesters encircling a pile of discarded roses and signs in a rainy parking lot.
David Fuchs / KUER

As rain poured down Saturday evening, hundreds of protesters gathered at the State Capitol to hold a vigil for Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal — the 22-year-old man who died in an officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City over Memorial Day weekend.

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Friday evening, June 5, 2020