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Police Protests

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Kelsie Moore / KUER

Some Utah state lawmakers are questioning whether suggestions to restrict when law enforcement can use deadly force could put those officers in more danger. 

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BYU Photo / Abby Smith

Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020

Cottonwood Heights City Council work session
Emily Means/ KUER

During the Cottonwood Heights city council’s work session Tuesday night, Councilmember Tali Bruce requested the city adopt a policy that mirrors one recently announced in Salt Lake City, where officers will be disciplined if they don’t turn on their body cams. 

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Division of Wildlife Resources

Wednesday evening, July 22, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Utah state Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Richfield, is pursuing a resolution honoring law enforcement and first responders. 

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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Friday morning, July 10, 2020

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Emily Means / KUER

Thursday morning, June 25, 2020

Protesting racism and police brutality is nothing new. But large, sustained turnouts, especially in small, mostly white towns, is something we've not seen before. For many of these protesters, it's their first time demonstrating - ever.

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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. 

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Kelsie Moore for KUER

Friday marks the fourth year that Utah has officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday. It dates back to 1865, when the last enslaved people were freed in Texas. African-Americans celebrate it as their Independence Day. But this year’s celebration comes as the nation and the state are gripped by protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

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Utah Division of Water Quality

Wednesday morning, June 17, 2020

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In response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police and continued protests across the country, Utah’s Republican gubernatorial candidates are calling for police reforms and respect for law enforcement. 

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short of what is needed to curb police officers' use of force against nonwhites.

The order comes as the president faces tremendous pressure to take action following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police last month.

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Bureau of Land Management

Thursday morning, June 11, 2020

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Wednesday evening, June 10, 2020

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Kelsie Moore / RadioWest Films

As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, demonstrators in several states have begun to call for defunding or dramatically restructuring police departments

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Kelsie Moore for KUER

Wednesday morning, June 10, 2020

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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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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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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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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday evening, June 3, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020