LOCAL NEWS

14 People Charged For Conduct During Inland Port Protest

Oct 21, 2019, 3:50 PM | Updated: 10:57 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Fourteen people have been charged for their conduct during a July 9 Inland Port protest at the Utah State Chamber of Commerce building, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill.

Ten were charged with counts of rioting, a third-degree felony, and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, on Monday while four others were charged with misdemeanors.

“Our office reviewed wide-ranging and vast amounts of evidence, including body camera footage, cell phone footage, surveillance footage, and media footage,” officials with the Salt Lake Couty District Attorney’s Office said in a press release. “We also carefully considered the sometimes difficult but crucial distinction between lawful protest, which is protected by the First Amendment, and the criminal conduct of specific individuals, which is not.”

Kaden Fralick, 21, Randy Navarette, 20, Rosemarie O’brien, 25, Hannah Zivolich, 24, Ethan Petersen, 25, Amy Kovac, 28, Richard Anderson Jr., 31, Nicholas Jones, 30, Jackson Richman, 18, and Joshua Baker-Cooper, 34, were named in the Third District Court indictment Monday.

Kaden Fralick. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Rosemarie O'brien. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Hannah Zivolich. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Ethan Petersen. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Amy Kovac. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Richard Anderson Jr.(Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Joshua Baker-Cooper. (Courtesy Salt Lake County Jail)

“This is not about shutting out anybody’s voice,” Gill said. “It’s about saying in a civil society, we’re not going to tolerate also the violation of other people’s rights as well.”

Some of the defendants were also charged with assault, propelling a bodily substance, interfering with arresting officers and/or assault against a peace officer or military service member.

“There was almost $7,000 worth of damage…where individuals defecated and urinated,” Gill said.

Protesters had gathered at the City and County Building on July 9 before making their way to the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce offices across the street at 175 East 400 South, where the Port Authority was having a meeting.

LIVE: Chopper 5

LIVE: 200 E is closed from 300 S. to 400 S. in SLC and 400 S. is closed from 300 E. to State St. as demonstrators demand that the Utah Inland Port project be canceled immediately

Posted by KSL 5 TV on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Video showed protesters clashing with officers in the lobby of the building and shouting at police, chanting “Abort the Port.” Officers forcibly removed the protesters from the building.

Eight people were arrested after the incident.

Activist groups defended themselves in response to the protest and claimed they’d gone through other channels trying to get their voices heard, and protesting was not their first attempt at communication with government officials.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair

After new homes flood, residents question if builder or Mother Nature is to blame

Several new homes in a Lehi community flooded during rainstorms earlier this month. When they say the home builder told them they weren’t responsible, they decided to Get Gephardt to investigate.
24 hours ago
...
Andrew Adams

Taylorsville music store temporarily closed by broken pipes, flooding

The owner of a longtime music store said Tuesday that extreme cold temperatures contributed to a fire suppression system malfunction that led to pipes breaking and a flooded storefront. 
24 hours ago
...
Ashley Moser

UDOT crews catch skiers in backcountry area closed for avalanche work

UDOT is urging everyone to obey backcountry closures after they caught two skiers in an area they shouldn’t have been.
24 hours ago
Representatives from Utah tribes show support for HB40, a bill patterned after the federal Indian C...
Sydnee Gonzalez

Tribes call for Utah legislators to pass bill to protect Native children

Tribal leaders gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to call on Utah legislators to pass HB40, which protects Native American children from unnecessary removal from families and tribes.
24 hours ago
Utah State University students (mostly) bundled up against the cold weather. (KSL-TV's Mike Anderso...
Mike Anderson

Logan residents persevere through the second day of the winter chill

Logan residents push through the frigid weather as schools and businesses start late to help fight against the cold mornings.
24 hours ago
Peter Sinks from Chopper 5...
Katija Stjepovic

Experiencing 62 degrees below zero at Peter Sinks

Tuesday marked another day of arctic temperatures in Utah with some areas even colder than Monday.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
14 People Charged For Conduct During Inland Port Protest