About 25 protesters holding signs that read “Black lives matter” and “Disarm the police” gathered on Tuesday night in downtown Salt Lake City to protest the clearing of two police officers who shot a teenager.
Members of the group Utah Against Police Brutality and other local activists called for a Utah prosecutor to resign after he ruled the shooting justified this week and instead moved to charge the teen.
Protester Carly Haldeman said officials are not being transparent with the public by refusing to release body camera footage from the Feb. 27 shooting.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says police were justified in shooting then 17-year-old Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed because police believed he was about to harm a man with a metal broom handle.
Mohamed survived, and he now faces charges of robbery and drug possession. He has not yet entered a plea.
A Utah prosecutor says he encourages people to voice their concerns and he is willing to meet with those upset about his decision to clear two Salt Lake City officers in the shooting of a teenager.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he thinks it’s important to question public institutions. He says protesters who want to discuss the case can attend citizens meetings he holds.
A group called Utah Against Police Brutality plans to protest outside Salt Lake City’s city hall building, calling for Gill to release police body camera footage of the shooting and to resign.
Gill says police were justified in shooting then 17-year-old Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed in February because police believed he was about to harm a man with a metal broom handle.
Mohamed survived and now faces charges.
Salt Lake City police say they plan to monitor a Tuesday night protest over a police shooting of a teenager. But officers don’t plan to have much of a presence.
Detective Greg Wilking says police don’t anticipate any violence, and they recognize people’s right to gather and protest.
The group Utah Against Police Brutality says about 100 people are expected to turn out Tuesday night outside the city hall building to protest a prosecutor’s decision to clear two officers who shot the teen four times in February.
The group says Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has failed to uphold basic civil liberties by announcing this week that he was charging the teen, Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed.
Gill says officers acted appropriately because then 17-year-old Mohamed was about to seriously injure or kill a man with a metal broom handle. The teen survived.
One of the organizers of an anti-police brutality rally says about 100 people are expected to turn out Tuesday night to protest a Utah prosecutor’s decision that two police officers were justified in shooting a teenager in February.
Stephen Michael Christian of Utah Against Police Brutality said Tuesday that Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has failed to uphold basic civil liberties by justifying the shooting by clearing the two officers and announcing that he was pursuing charges against the teen, Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed.
Utah Against Police Brutality is calling for Gill to resign.
Gill announced Monday that that the officers acted appropriately when they fired at then 17-year-old Mohamed on Feb. 27 because police believed he was about to seriously injure or kill a man with a metal broom handle.
Mohamed was hospitalized in a medically induced coma but survived.