Protests and riots broke out around the country a year ago following the death of George Floyd. That unrest later spread to Salt Lake City where a police car was flipped and lit on fire. Police Chief Mike Brown sat down with KSL-TV nearly a year later to reflect back on the day that changed the city and his department.
In a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, a presidential election, and even a serious earthquake, one of the biggest stories here in Utah is what happened on a Saturday afternoon in May. A protest in downtown Salt Lake City turned violent, leaving us with images many never thought we'd see here.
A group of protestors marched to the Capitol to rally against police brutality and in favor of equality, but the difference in Sunday's rally was that most of the protestors were armed with semi-automatic weapons.
With a pandemic unlike any the world had seen in the past 100 years, the strongest earthquake to strike the city in six decades and well over a month of protests calling for social justice and reform, 2020 had not been an easy year for any first responder or law enforcement officer.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill just released his recommendations for police reform, a conversation that's sparked dozens of protests over the past few months, some of which turned violent.
Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency following a protest in downtown Salt Lake City after sidewalks were covered with paint and windows smashed at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office.
Attorneys for Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal's family criticized Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's decision that officers were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed Palacios-Carbajal in May.