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Renee Bright / KUER

A state audit of seven Utah police departments found flaws in the ways some agencies store evidence with officers losing track of the money, guns, and drugs in their custody.

Photo of Dave Newlin.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

Police oversight advocates are calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would limit powers of citizen review boards.

Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Since the October 2018  death of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey, her parents have been outspoken about how the University of Utah handled the matter.

Courtesy Utah County

Police are asking for tips from the public after a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is also a former Utah police officer was arrested last week during a human trafficking sting in Utah County.

Two People Shot At Fashion Place Mall In Murray

Jan 13, 2019
Murray police Detective and PIO Ken Bass
Erik Neumann / KUER

Two people were shot Sunday afternoon outside Fashion Place Mall in Murray, as law enforcement launched a manhunt in search of three suspects, police said.

Kidus Yohannes
Courtesy Salt Lake City Police

A man who Salt Lake City police say is a person of interest in a Nov. 8 fatal stabbing was seen on the University of Utah campus Wednesday morning.

Erik Neumann / KUER

The office of Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn released new details about the firing of former police chief Kevin Thacker. The investigation outlines unwelcome physical contact with female employees over a period of years. 

Erik Neumann / KUER

Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker was fired on Tuesday over allegations of “inappropriate touching” of other city employees. Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn made the announcement during a news conference.

The skyline in West Valley City is changing as the second phase of a major redevelopment project gets underway. 

The Salt Lake City Police Department has put a second officer on administrative leave, because of bodycam footage showing a University of Utah nurse being arrested forcibly. 

Whittney Evans

Provo police chief John King resigned earlier this week amid allegations of sexual assault. No charges have been filed, but Provo Mayor John Curtis says the circumstances have cast a shadow on the department. 

Andrea Smardon / KUER

University of Utah students from the Entertainment Arts & Engineering video game program will be graduating in less than two weeks, and many of them are hoping to take their games to the market. Among the projects is a simulator designed to teach police officers how to de-escalate a tense encounter.

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Lawmakers debated a bill on Wednesday that would create a statewide minimum standard for the use of police body cameras, but ran out of time before being able to take a vote.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is asking for nearly $900,000 to implement training for police officers who respond to domestic violence calls. The Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) helps law enforcement identify victims of domestic violence who have a high risk of being seriously injured or killed by their partner.

Brian Grimmett

Legislators discussed training methods for handling use of force situations Wednesday with several leaders of Utah’s law enforcement agencies.

Courtesy Woods Cross PD

Utah’s rate of homicide related to domestic violence is higher than the national average, but a pilot project aims to change that. Law enforcement and victim services professionals are receiving training this week in a new method to prevent more deaths.

Brian Grimmett

State lawmakers are considering drafting legislation that would govern the use of police body cameras for all law enforcement agencies.

The University of Utah is holding its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Stolen Rights: Repressed. Revoked. Redefined.” Neelam Chand, communications director of the U’s Office for Equity and Diversity, talks about the thinking behind the theme and the week’s events.

Utah Office of the Medical Examiner

Attorneys for the family of Darrien Hunt released the official state autopsy report Tuesday. The 22-year-old was shot and killed by a Saratoga Springs police officer in September.

Tim Slover

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office has found the police shooting of Dillon Taylor was justified. Salt Lake City Police Officer Bron Cruz shot Taylor outside a 7-Eleven on August 11th following a 9-1-1 call. 

The 9-1-1 caller told emergency dispatchers that she had seen three males acting suspiciously, one of them

Whittney Evans

The 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed by Saratoga Springs Police last week was laid to rest in Sandy Thursday afternoon.  The funeral took place at an LDS church not far from where he died.

There was little discussion of the circumstances surrounding Darrien Hunt’s death which is still being investigated by Utah County Attorney’s office.  It was a solemn service, broken up by a few moments of joyful tears and laughter. The press was allowed to attend the funeral, but recording devices were not allowed inside the service.

Brian Grimmett

A bill aimed at removing a police officer’s liability for the injury or death of a fleeing suspect passed out of the Utah House today.