Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency in the capital Salt Lake City in connection with the outbreak of protests in the city.
A group of demonstrators gathered on Thursday evening outside the local prosecutor’s office after the agency announced that the use of force in the incident with 22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Karbahal, who died as a result of shooting by the police, was justified. According to police, after protesters began to beat windows in the building of the prosecutor’s office, the protests were declared illegal. In addition, demonstrators reportedly used pepper gas against police officers. As a result, one police officer was taken to hospital, two demonstrators were detained.
According to the official representative of the Governor, Brooke Scheffler, the state of emergency will operate in the city until July 13, 23.59 local time.
Palacios-Karbahal was shot dead on May 23 in Salt Lake City as a result of a police chase. According to the media, police officers, who had previously gone to the call about “threats with weapons,” were shot about 30 times in the direction of the young man.
Since the end of May, a wave of protests and riots against police violence and racism after the death in Minneapolis during the detention of African American George Floyd swept through many large cities in the United States, and then in several countries around the world. A video appeared on the Internet in which the police handcuffed Floyd, knocked him down and fell on him three, one of them stepping on his neck with his knee. Floyd on the video several times says that he can’t breathe, then calms down. One policeman was charged with murder and three others with complicity in the murder.