Police Seeking Two More People From Inland Protests
Aug 1, 2019, 7:20 PM | Updated: 7:20 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake City Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men, accused of assaulting officers during a last month’s protest against the Utah Inland Port Authority.
The demonstration happened on July 9 at the Chamber of Commerce building. Police initially arrested eight people. Three of them were cited and released while the others were taken to jail.
And now police say they are looking for two more suspects.
Authorities say the suspect with a shaved head spit on an officer during the protest and video shot by a KSL photojournalist supports that accusation. They say the same man later violently kicked an officer.
Detectives say the other suspect with ear piercings and dark hair violently assaulted an officer during the protest. A KSL photojournalist shot video that shows part of a scuffle and a man who appears to be that suspect kicking an officer while both are on the ground.
Both police officers and protesters were seen pushing and throwing punches during the July protest against the Utah Inland Port Authority at the Chamber of Commerce Building.
Police say they responded after property management called them to remove the protesters from the building. But the situation quickly escalated.
“We are the ones who will protect your rights to a peaceful protest and we had people that were resorting to violence or arguments,” Salt Lake Police Detective Michael Ruff said. “If you’re on private property and we ask you to leave you need to leave.”
Last month, protest organizers condemned what they described as police brutality. They also demanded charges be filed against officers.
In response to those allegations Chief Mike Brown said on July 11 that he had opened an investigation into the officers’ use of force.
The department said that investigation is ongoing, as they continue to search for the two additional suspects.