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Sim Gill accused of filing excessive charges against protesters for broken windows, paint on the street

Sim Gill accused of filing excessive charges against protesters for broken windows, paint on the street

Protesters painted the street blood red. Some smashed windows at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Less than a month later, prosecutors believe they know who is responsible and they’ve charged them with felonies that carry a potential life sentence. Now, District Attorney Sim Gill faces accusations that he filed excessive charges and questions about why he filed the charges at all, since there is an apparent conflict of interest: the vandalism was carried out against his building, and protesters denounced Gill by name that night, as a police helicopter hovered overhead and...

August 5, 2020
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Zion National Park rangers looking for vandals who painted rocks blue

Zion National Park rangers looking for vandals who painted rocks blue

Park rangers at Zion National Park are asking anyone with information about the people who painted sandstones in the northwest corner of the park to come forward. Officials said that a day or two before July 8 vandals painted blue squares in an area about a mile south of the in the Kolob Terrace area. The squares measure 3 feet by 3 feet and officials think the graffiti is part of a “masonry or art project,” according to a news release. Jeff Axel, acting spokesperson for the park, said investigators suspect it was likely the former — and someone was trying to use the paint to capture the...

July 31, 2020
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ACLU says Utah police have used unnecessary force against protesters

ACLU says Utah police have used unnecessary force against protesters

Sam Tse is identifiable by the small gray dot that is her baseball cap, as footage shot from KSL-Ch. 5′s her between a line of protesters and Salt Lake City officers in riot gear. This July 9 confrontation lasts about 20 seconds as officers pull Tse from the arms of other demonstrators and toward police, who appear to hit her with riot shields. Then she is freed and disappears into the group of demonstrators. “I actually didn’t realize how bad it was until I watched the video. It was a lot of force, and I’m,” Tse said, pausing, ”just pretty small.” Five feet tall and not even 120 pounds,...

July 22, 2020
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Tensions escalate after police officers arrive on scene of ‘Justice for Bernardo’ protest in Salt Lake City

Tensions escalate after police officers arrive on scene of ‘Justice for Bernardo’ protest in Salt Lake City

View Caption A group of several dozen protesters stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Washington Square Park on Tuesday evening, the tips of their shoes toeing the line between the sidewalk and the street. About a foot away, Salt Lake City police officers were in formation, dressed in helmets and face shields and armed with batons, bean bag guns and service firearms. Officers told protesters if they got into the road or blocked streets, they’d arrest them. The two factions faced off for a few tense minutes, with protester Sofia Alcala yelling at officers and leading chants over a megaphone, asking...

June 23, 2020
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Retired general now leads Utah’s coronavirus response; health director reassigned over medical concerns

Retired general now leads Utah’s coronavirus response; health director reassigned over medical concerns

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . Stopping the spread of the coronavirus has been compared to waging war, and now Utah has tapped a leader with decades of military experience to lead its fight against the disease. Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday appointed a former leader of the Utah National Guard, Adjutant General Jefferson Burton, to coordinate day-to-day operations of the Department of...

April 1, 2020
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1,000 people gathered in violation of health order to protest Salt Lake City’s coronavirus restrictions

1,000 people gathered in violation of health order to protest Salt Lake City’s coronavirus restrictions

View Caption Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . They came with signs and wearing red, white and blue. They came with masks. Most came without. They came with just-purchased take-out from McDonald’s and Costa Vida and Crown Burger. They came with lawn chairs and picnic blankets. But mostly they, close to 1,000 people, came because they could. This is the United States and they want to get...

April 18, 2020
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