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Utah bill would create criminal defense for drivers who hit, kill protesters during a riot

Utah bill would create criminal defense for drivers who hit, kill protesters during a riot

A driver who accidentally runs over and kills or injures a protester during a riot might not face criminal charges if the motorist was fleeing in fear for his or her life at the time, under the provisions of a state bill advanced Tuesday by Utah lawmakers. The legislation — brought forward by state Rep. Jon Hawkins after a summer of national protests against police violence and systemic racism — would . Protesters found guilty of the offense could . Proponents of the measure raised the specter of angry mobs blocking drivers on their way to the hospital for medical emergencies and argued...

November 17, 2020
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Utah bill would create criminal defense for drivers who hit, kill protesters during a riot

Utah bill would create criminal defense for drivers who hit, kill protesters during a riot

A driver who accidentally runs over and kills or injures a protester during a riot might not face criminal charges if the motorist was fleeing in fear for his or her life at the time, under the provisions of a state bill advanced Tuesday by Utah lawmakers. The legislation — brought forward by state Rep. Jon Hawkins after a summer of national protests against police violence and systemic racism — would . Protesters found guilty of the offense could . Proponents of the measure raised the specter of angry mobs blocking drivers on their way to the hospital for medical emergencies and argued...

November 17, 2020
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Utah senator says people should ‘stay home’ if they don’t want police dogs to bite them

Utah senator says people should ‘stay home’ if they don’t want police dogs to bite them

State lawmakers are looking at codifying best practices for police dog teams after a in the way its law enforcement agency has been using canines to catch suspects. A legislative committee voted unanimously Tuesday to explore a bill on the issue, although one state senator made clear he has little patience for complaints about police dogs. “I don’t have a lot of sympathy,” Sen. Don Ipson told his colleagues on the law enforcement and criminal justice committee. “We don’t want to harm the public. But if they don’t want to get bit, stay home.” Officials should make sure police dogs aren’t...

October 20, 2020
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