Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared the state of emergency after “riots” broke out in Salt Lake City on Thursday evening in response to two policemen being rescued in May and shooting an armed suspect.
Images posted online showed dozens of red-colored handprints splashed on a sign at the entrance to the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office.
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The situation was declared an illegal gathering after demonstrators broke windows at the prosecutor’s office, Deseret News from Salt Lake City reported.
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“We are ready to allow vandalism, but then they came back and started breaking windows,” Brown told KSL-TV. “We just can’t let that happen.”
It was District Attorney Sim Gill earlier in the day that officials Neil Iversen and Keith Fortuna were not prosecuted for the death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, who died on May 23 after being shot 15 times by the police – has become the focus of state protesters against police brutality.
Peaceful protests have been going on in Salt Lake City for weeks to make a decision in this case, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Under the red handprints in front of the prosecutor’s office was a flyer with a picture of Palacios-Carbajal.
The governor’s emergency statement closed the grounds of Utah’s statehouse to the public until at least next Tuesday, FOX 13 from Salt Lake City reported.
Vandalism had occurred outside the statehouse during an earlier protest after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25, the station reported.
According to FOX 13, the riots began on Thursday with chalk and paint messages in front of Gill’s office at around 6.40 p.m. local time and at around 8.00 p.m. became a “declaration of illegal gathering” when the Salt Lake City police fought in battle gear to break up the crowd .
By 20:25, approximately 75 officers had been deployed to the area, the station reported.
Demonstrators later sprayed some police officers with pepper spray. Hebert’s emergency declaration followed about an hour later.
The crowd soon dissolved and the police declared the prosecutor’s office the scene of the crime, FOX 13 reported.
In May, respondents saw Palacios-Carbajal at the Utah Village Motel and followed him after someone called the police to report an apparent armed robbery. They shouted at him to stop and drop the gun, Gill said.
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Video footage shows how Palacios-Carbajal picked up a gun after stumbling and falling several times while escaping, Pal said, adding that Palacios-Carbajal seemed determined to hold on to his gun.
“The desire to get the gun back was greater than the desire to run away,” he said. “If he had left her, the officials would have said that the impending threat would have abated and they would not have used this violence. ”
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this story.