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Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance courtesy photo

Monday morning, June 8, 2020

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Kate Groetzinger/KUER

MOAB—Watching hundreds of people take to the streets in Moab on Friday night to demand an end to racial inequality and police brutality brought tears to Desirae Miller’s eyes. 

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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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SLC Police Facebook page

Friday evening, June 5, 2020

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Jon Reed / KUER

In the wake of mass protests in Utah and across the country over police brutality and racial injustice, the NAACP is pushing for widespread legislative changes to law enforcement agencies across the country. 

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Friday morning, June 5, 2020

Protestors hold sign at a Black Lives Matter event in St. George, Utah.
Lexi Peery/ KUER News

The Dixie State University football program held a team meeting recently — not to discuss plays but to talk about the protests being held nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

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Brian Albers / KUER

The death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis spurred protests against racial injustice in Salt Lake City and around the world. But the incident has some Utahns thinking about the state’s own relationship between police and civilians.

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Renee Bright / KUER

If you’ve been on social media in the past few days, you might have seen a flood of black squares in support of the Black Lives Matter movement ... and then criticism of those black squares that they were misguided or just for show. There’s a term for that: “slacktivism.” 

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Thursday evening, June 4, 2020

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

The Navajo Nation has taken drastic steps to fight COVID-19, which has already taken more than 250 tribal members’ lives. Hotels on the Navajo Nation are only allowed to house essential workers, and the Nation’s president, Jonathan Nez, has also asked tourists to stay away.

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Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner received a $1,500 campaign donation from an investor in the blockchain voting app Voatz in 2018, roughly 16 months before the county first used the app in its elections. 

The pandemic has beef markets on a roller coaster, and Shohone, Idaho's Amie Taber is among the ranchers along for the ride.


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Brian Grimmett / KUER

Thursday morning, June 4, 2020

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Courtesy of Sarah Ramirez

Nearly 60 people have been arrested following protests over the past few days in Salt Lake City against police brutality and racial injustice. The majority, 41 came on Saturday — the most destructive event — though most were charged for failing to disperse. On Monday, 18 more were arrested, including two juveniles. 

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH — Nearly 100 vehicles lined the road next to Monument Valley High School Monday morning. One by one they entered the school parking lot, where missionaries from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hoisted live sheep into the bed of each truck. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday evening, June 3, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020

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Jon Reed / KUER

The Salt Lake City Police Department met with leaders of the state’s black community Tuesday to hear about their concerns over police brutality. Officers also explained the tactics they use, such as how they are trained to use force and conduct internal investigations. 

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Rick Egan / Salt Lake Tribune Pool Photo

The four Republican candidates aiming to represent Utah’s 1st Congressional District met for a debate Tuesday

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Mathias Appel via Flickr

Tuesday evening, June 2, 2020

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Rick Egan / The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and his primary challenger Utah County Attorney David Leavitt hurled accusations at each other at an hour-long debate Tuesday.

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KUER File Photo

Tuesday morning, June 2, 2020

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Kelsie Moore for KUER

More than 1,000 protesters marched through the streets of Salt Lake City for the second time in three days, as a new citywide curfew went into effect and Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency because of civil unrest.

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Ivy Cabello

The four Republican candidates for Utah governor got into a heated discussion about the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and politicization of the public health crisis during a debate Monday evening.

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Steve Griffin

Darren Parry is the council chair of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. Jamie Cheek is a district director for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. The two are the only Democrats in a primary election for any of Utah’s congressional races. 

Weekend protests drew crowds across the country including in the Mountain West, from hundreds in Boise and Reno to thousands in Denver. Some city leaders now worry such gatherings could lead to new outbreaks of COVID-19.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Sunday that the city will be offering free tests to demonstrators. 

Photo of a group of protesters facing a line of police.
Elaine Clark / KUER

People flooded the streets of Salt Lake City Saturday to protest the in-custody death of George Floyd. One of them was Shea Freedom, a musician and activist based in Salt Lake City. KUER’s Caroline Ballard caught up with him on Sunday to hear about his experience.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Caroline Ballard: How has your experience influenced how you think about the unique intersection of civil rights & LGBTQ rights?

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Brian Albers / KUER

Monday evening, June 1, 2020

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Pool photo

Four Republicans are vying to be the party’s choice to unseat Utah’s lone Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams. They made their cases to voters in the 4th Congressional District at a debate Monday.