Salt Lake City-In a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the presidential election and even a severe earthquake, one of Utah’s biggest stories is what happened on Saturday afternoon in May. A protest in the center of Salt Lake City turned into violence, leaving us with many images that people had never thought of.
Protests have been happening in Utah, and the morning of May 30 was not much different.
The demonstrators shouted: “This is what democracy looks like.”
People expressed their opinions on the national topic of police brutality.
A woman said during the protest: “I’m glad it’s not violent because our children are here. We want to show that we can protest peacefully.”
However, after 3 pm, the peaceful protest turned into a riot, when a small group of people turned the Salt Lake City police car to the side and then turned to the roof.
When the car caught fire, many people cheered for it.
KSL TV’s Alex Cabrero said when he broke around him during the Facebook live broadcast: “I mean, the situation is clearly out of control at this time.”
The Salt Lake City police and the entire Wasatch Front law enforcement agencies came to the city center to stop the riots.
It took a few hours and the personnel and police officers were injured in the conflict, but by 1
A lot of damage was left, including graffiti and vandalism on the Utah State Capitol (a symbol of our society).
“Black lives are important. There is no justice, no peace, but graffiti? Damaged our Capitol? We did not win. We did not prove anything,” said a man who voluntarily cleaned up the next morning.
That day was only the beginning of a summer full of protests-most of them remained at peace, but a few did undergo violent changes like Provo did. Provo SUV drivers were on the road when protesters were on the road. Keep driving.
A female protester said: “He killed them, and then he saved me.” “After he hit me, I ended up falling to the side.”
During the #GeorgeFloyd protest in Salt Lake City, an @slcpd car has just been overthrown. pic.twitter.com/iFpEmpkyEq
-Jacob Klopfenstein (@JFKlopfenstein) May 30, 2020
A man in the street took out a gun, stepped onto the SUV, and shot the driver. The driver eventually went to the hospital. He was alive and the shooter was arrested.
There were also protests in Cottonwood Heights, with participants marching on the road.
The police asked them to stay away from the road, and when people did not listen, the demonstrators and the police began to clashed.
A woman shouted, “This is incredible.”
Cottonwood Heights police arrested several people, saying they were not allowed to pass and march on the road.
An official said: “This is not Salt Lake City, this is Cottonwood Heights.” “We will not let them occupy residential streets or let people go home.”
In July, another hen protest in Salt Lake City turned into a riot. People smashed them a few months after GA Sim Gill cleared out the person who shot and killed a man. The windows of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office were removed, and buildings and streets were painted red.
The police did not come in until the two men started to break the windows, causing another deadlock between the police officer and the demonstrators.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said: “We just don’t allow this to happen, so we ordered our officers, mobile units and task forces to come in to disperse the crowd.”
That summer will be remembered forever in Salt Lake City-a summer full of anger, emotion, action and scars, it will still take a long time to heal.