Utah Inland Port protesters blame police for escalating violence in protest

Salt Lake chief says protest under investigation, counters accusations

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  • Flipphone , 00
    July 13, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    Utah Inland Port
    The Utah Inland Port area is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas of Salt Lake County. It sits at the intersection of two interstate freeways, major national railways, and an international airport which puts the area in high demand for expanding warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing.

    Why is anyone complaining about bring thousands of good paying jobs to the Salt Lake Area?

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 12, 2019 4:48 p.m.

    Antifa activists involved in the movement are anti-capitalists and subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left. They include anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats. They are the violent arm of the Marxist movement. They are the epitime of facist movement that deniesn the right of free speech. These are the same characters that were the instigators of violence at the inland port meeting.

  • Realism337 Draper, UT
    July 12, 2019 4:12 p.m.

    OK little Che Guevara, you tell us how it is. Unbelievable.

    Certainly, the power structure of the Utah legislative body and local big business is often ripe for scathing criticism. But these protestors are absurd.

    For the love of humanity, grow up and get a job.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    Sorry but when you wear kerchiefs to hide your face, you're not looking towards peaceful
    Unfortunately the picture in the newspaper leads one to wonder if this protest is was taking place in some other country and not in downtown Salt Lake City. Were they bused in?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 12, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    Ok if anyone thinks ANTIFA is against Fascist, the original name of the Nationalsozialistishe Deutsche Arbeiterpartei was the German Workers Party. Figure it out for yourselves.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 12, 2019 10:58 a.m.

    To "NeifyT" but they were not peaceful. They were disruptive and were preventing the meeting from going on.

    How is it against the law for the police to tell violent and disruptive protesters to leave? I don't see anywhere in the Constitution where it states that protesters have the right to violate property laws.

    What about the right of the property owners to give up their property rights. You know the Constitution also states that you can't take away a person's property without due process or use it without compensation. Why should the protesters be able to lay claim on the building that they don't own so they can disrupt a meeting? You want to protesters to violate Article V and Article XIV.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    @imp 7 Thanks for your views, but they do not justify violence, property damage, or breaking the law by refusing to follow orders legally given by the police when they deal with such a disturbance. In no way can you with a straight face advocate such a course of action in a free society. If you want to galvanize "support for the port," this was a great way to do it. Anarchy and declaring you have the right to occupy private property is beyond the pale, but in today's liberal agenda it is too fast becoming the popular norm. I'm certain there are better ways to get the reforms wanted; there's hardly a worse way that could have been implemented.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    @RedShirt ,

    What article did I read? Probably the original article that I commented on. Originally it didn't say anything about breaking of security cameras; or urinating in the building. It stated that the protestors occupied the chamber building; upstairs right near where the meeting was taking place by forming a link together (a normal PEACEFUL practice of protest) and that they were also in the downstairs lobby.

    My point is that the officers have no right to tell them to leave. If a meeting is being held by our government of even quasi-government entity that affects We The People; as per the US Constitution we have a right to PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE (where the meeting is taking place) as a petition of redress.

    It is unconscionable that out government no longer is a government of the people; that it will hide behind closed doors; use space in "private building" and thus force people out. It is a clear violation of the US Constitution that the cops even told the protesters to leave; let alone then attempted to physically force their removal.

    Now, as to the persons who were not peaceful (as updated articles have mentioned damaged property, yes those should have been removed).

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 12, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    Third Try. Denying history perhaps?

    These people remind me of the Sturmabteilung. Those of you who pay attention to history may also know them as the SA, Brownshirts or the Strumtruppen. Kind of famous in Germany prior to WWII for all kinds of bad behavior. They were the enforcement arm of their sponsoring organization the Nationalsozialistishe Deutsche Arbeiterpartei.

    I'm not too concerned about what they are saying about the cops. Frankly the cops showed great restraint. 30 years ago, we'd have gone in with PR-24's. If a cop hit someone in this melee with their fist, most likely the bad guy earned the punch.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 12, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Thank you jeclar2006 for letting us now that if there is no left, there is no right.

    The arguement of there is no left is lost when claiming the Clintons are central right. To be right there has to be a left you are right from. Bill was central left, Hillary is hard left, she could not differentiate herself from a socialist.

    If there is no Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), then why are they listed as participating in the protest that became violent?

    "A new incarnation of SDS was founded in 2006." They had at least one national convention in 2011.

    And if there is no left why did the one protester declare he is a communist. And then we have the left wing violent arm called Antifa.

    "Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky"

    Like Lennon's lyrics, the claim there is no left is to propagandize the normalization of a communist socialist tyrannical government. Like Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Chavez, Maduro, Sadam, Fidel, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un. Under the rule of these, none left, tyrants 100's of millions have died. This is what you seek.

  • IcemanCometh SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 12, 2019 9:33 a.m.

    The protest and ensuing mayhem aside, why was a public meeting being held on private property?? Regardless of how ones feels about the inland port, public meeting should be held in a public space.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 12, 2019 9:28 a.m.

    To "NeifyT" what news story did you read. This article shows that the police communicated clearly with the spokespeople for the protesters and told them that they had to leave or be arrested.

    The body camera footage also shows that the police were attacked first.

    Yes, you have a right to free speech and to bring your grievances to the government. You DO NOT have the right to occupy government buildings or any other place.

    To "imsmarterthanyou" you are wrong, the state is listening to the people. I WANT THE PORT. You are just mad that they are not doing what you want them to do.

    To "Liberal On Planet Zion" you response was a typical statement void of content.

    You claim that the inland port will be bad, yet every study on inland ports show that overall traffic is decreased and pollution is decreased. Why do you fight against science?

  • Maxter Lehi, UT
    July 12, 2019 9:24 a.m.

    Trespassing is NOT peacefully protesting.

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    I always love how these types of protest organizers are listed as "community activists". This is code for unemployed.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 12, 2019 7:25 a.m.

    First, let's call it what it is; a coal port. Second, no one is advocating violence. People, from all over Utah, are fed up with elected officials ignoring the majority. From the prison move, to UTA, to passed ballot initiatives, going through the proper, respectful channels and procedures gets you nowhere. Utah's one party state does what they want, usually for the profits and benefit for the few, while blatantly ignoring the people's will. From backroom deals, to staged "listening meetings", their minds are made up, public be darned. They are so used to getting their way and still getting reelected, they don't even pretend to care anymore. It seems causing a ruckus is the only way to get their attention. If they don't wake up, it's only going to get worse.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:53 p.m.

    Truth 2017- your comment is along the same line of thinking as those saying that Utah losing the Outdoor Retailers Convention to the weed smoking state to the east would end population growth in Utah. I don’t think anything will slow the growth in Utah. People want to live here. I also laugh at the comment about Utah having some of the worst air in the country. It can be bad...a few weeks a year, if there’s an inversion. This year we had tons of snow. Almost no inversion days this year. Go back 30-40 years ago and see some real inversion months. We didn’t see the sun all winter, unless we went skiing. There was less than a third the population here. Yet the inversion was much worse. How is that possible? Industry and wood burning stoves. Now we’re doing better. If you want Utah to be even less crowded, I-15 or I-80 work great.

  • TKB Provo, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:12 p.m.

    This protest strategy comes right out of the socialist Alinsky's playbook Rules for Radicals. RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)" In this instance, blaming the police for the escalation of the incident into violence is evidence that the protestors were not taking responsibility for their actions. With the exception of behavior by mentally impaired folks; either organically or under the influence of mind-altering substances, we are all 100% responsible for our choices and actions. Agency and responsibility always go together.

  • bill4570 ,
    July 11, 2019 9:25 p.m.

    Here is my take on this "rebellion" from the citizens. First off, this "port authority" was wrangled behind closed doors, not much if any actual citizens really were informed of what was taking place. Next came the reveal of what this secret stuff was all about, well at least part of it anyway.

    The guys behind the closed doors did not think too much about "marketing" by calling their project a "Port Authority". That "authority" name alone dooms the program by conjuring up something that is out of the realm of being controllable and "user friendly" and takes on a law of it's own.

    And pollution aside, no one seems to know how this "port" is really going to generate revenue that will actually help the county? Seems like another ploy by big buck developers to play the old "line my pockets" game.

    So yes. People are going to act out about such things. Hardly "terrorists" but hard core democracy in action for a change? Look for more of this in the future if people are continually left out of the loop on such matters. Even the Salt Lake City Mayor had opposed this "Port Authority".

  • Truth2017 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 9:16 p.m.

    One may disagree with the tactics of the protestors, but the issue of the inland port is something the public should be concerned with. The building and operation of the port will impact most of us. If the citizens think salt lake county needs more people, more traffic and more pollution, then they will be very happy with the government’s decision. If the citizens oppose this, what are they suppose to do? We have already seen referendums are not respected by the legislators. There is almost no chance in voting in a different party. Again, how can the people stop a project that is bad for them but good for business. They probably cant. Still I respect the protesters for trying.

  • jls Sandy, UT
    July 11, 2019 7:06 p.m.

    Thank you, police officers, for the restraint and professionalism you demonstrated. This appears to be a group of individuals who are ignorant with respect to the issues and lack even a basic understanding of the rights of private citizens and organized community groups. The demonstrators embarrassed themselves and hurt their cause. Interesting that the Sierra Club hosted the press conference today.

    The recent furor over the Inland Port proposal peaked my interest and was a catalyst for me to spend some time researching the issue today. I agree with our elected legislators; The Inland Port appears to have merit and would clearly add to the economic prosperity of Salt Lake City and adjacent areas. Those who are evaluating the proposal appear to be very sensitive to the importance of minimizing the potential for adverse environmental impact, congestion, etc.

    Yesterday, I was uninformed. Today, I'm in favor of continued study of what might be a very beneficial development. Thanks to the protestors for getting me interested.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2019 6:39 p.m.

    So since the plans for the Inland Port have not be released, what are these people, mostly out of State, protesting against? And they're where many that where protesting all sorts of things that have nothing to do the the Inland Port. Why where they even there. This whole thing is a scam. SDS was around when I went to College. Their agenda has nothing to do with the Inland Port at all. This was a well planned exercise to see how far they could push it.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    July 11, 2019 6:05 p.m.

    These things with complete disregard for private property need to be punished. People do not have a right to take over the property of others. It is time to end radicalism, extremism and violence.

  • Biscuit , 00
    July 11, 2019 5:38 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA
    July 11, 2019 1:29 p.m.


    "Each on of those demonstration protesting against new job coming the The Salt Lake Area are...."Democrats""

    Whats your point?
    The protesters are democrats.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 11, 2019 5:29 p.m.

    @liberal on planet zion,

    Caring about the environment and condemning violent protesters is not mutually exclusive. In fact, we'll have much better success working together on every side of the political spectrum to help improve air and water quality. If it's politicized too much, like your tag name implies, it just divides people and we're less capable of unity in such an important cause. I applaud governor Herbert for all that he's done to help improve air quality in the state. We can do even better and I'll link arms(figuratively) with those who like me want to protect our environment.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 11, 2019 4:40 p.m.

    What a crock of falsehoods!
    "Organizers told reporters their groups did not encourage or condone violence, and that violence was incited by police..."

    I congratulate the police for their restraint, but I really think they went too far taking the abuse and tolerating low levels of violence from these spoiled and misguided individuals who were obviously seeking "Antifa-style" confrontations and violence.

    This sort of behavior must never be tolerated in Utah, anywhere in Utah, including the liberal cesspool which Salt Lake City has become.

    Next time, the cops need to step in earlier, and be much more aggressive in halting violent acts before they become riots. If SLC cops are prevented by the mayor from enforcing laws, then send in the Highway Patrol, or if necessary call out the National Guard.

    As someone else asked- where are these people from? Where do they work, who funds them?

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    July 11, 2019 4:37 p.m.

    Vanceone - Provo, UT
    The Students for a Democratic Society were there, eh? SDS? Trying to claim they were there peacefully?

    Sorry, if SDS is part of your protest group, you don't get the benefit of the doubt. Anyone who experienced the 60s or 70s knows all about how terrorist SDS is. Multiple dead people lie at their hands.

    The Weather Underground was the 'bombing' wing of the SDS.

    But like most people on the right, claiming there exists a 'left' in US politics at all, save for a few fringe groups, the calling up of ancient groups is useful propaganda.

    The SDS, along with the Weather Underground, has been dead, along with the left as a significant political group since the late 1970s.

    The only time one hears of that group or even those involved in various activities, is when one dies, and there's an obituary mention, or perhaps one that has been in hiding for year, is finally arrested.

    There is no 'left' in mainstream US politics at all. Bernie Sanders is a distant cousin of The Left. Most Democrats are center-right, such as the Clintons, who have had more in common with Republicans than Democrats of yesteryear.

  • TexInUT Midvale, UT
    July 11, 2019 3:45 p.m.

    When you start to damage property, assault law enforcement officials and then try to intimidate the media, don't expect your words to find much support with the general public. The violence of the protesters spoke louder than their words.

    Peacefully protest and most people have no issues. They may listen to your side with an open mind and serious thought. Start using tactics that are less than civil and your aims fall flat. It wasn't the media that put the protesters stance in a bad light, it was the protesters.

    Acting like a thug gets you nowhere...especially in Utah.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 3:25 p.m.

    Of course they blamed the police. That’s the Left’s MO, just like Antifa, MoveOnorg, By Any Means Necessary, Workers World Party, Color of Change, Onward Together, Indivisible, UltraViolet, Organizing for Action, etc., etc., etc….

    Their goal is to cow the police into not showing up next time like in Portland, Anaheim, Washington D.C. etc. Then they can smash windows, burn cars and beat people with impunity. All the mob needs is a sympathetic Mayor to tell the police to stand down.

  • MO-Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    I would like to know how many of the protesters are from SLC or Utah. I would also like to know why its necessary to wear a mask to a peaceful protest. I agree that they were looking for fight. It appears they are taking a page from antifa.

  • VigilanteCaregiver Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    It wasn't a protest. The article clearly says there were arrests for rioting - it was a riot; an intentional civil disturbance. A political tantrum by leftists at our expense.

    Stop. My family needs peace and quiet. I need less stress. If you don't like the port; make an appointment to speak with the committee members, speak to left leaning press or send out press releases, buy space in the newspapers - act civilized.

    Riots like these are happening nationwide already; don't bring it here.

  • one liner Dallas, TX
    July 11, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    Why are progressives against progress?

    I stand firmly with police on this one - one group choose to be there and broke into a building and the police had to be there and deserve to be able to return home to see their kids at night.

    Did some police offices perhaps use too much force - most definitely they did! it would be matched to the situation and fueled by adrenalin, and that's perfectly understandable in my book.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:32 p.m.


    It reminds me so much of the argument by someone charged with assault whose defense was, "I'm INNOCENT!!! In fact, I'm the victim!! He slammed his face right into my fist!!"

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    July 11, 2019 2:23 p.m.

    It is unfortunate that the inland port protests were taken over by the leftists and anarchists. The inland port is a really bad idea, IMO, but the protesters have made it much more likely to happen because of their behavior. Utah residents should absolutely support law enforcement in this sort of violent protest. Shame on the protesters for making support of this bad idea even greater because of their behaviors.

    I am absolutely against the inland port idea, but totally in favor of prosecuting the protesters to the full extent of the law.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:17 p.m.

    UnTruthczar -

    “snowflakes are silly.”

    How intellectually stimulating. Yes. Those that desire not adding more pollution into SLC’s already horrific air quality are deemed “snowflakes”. It’s quite comical, those that parrot insults from Alt-Right radio are the first to whine/complain to the online monitors when the shoe is on the other foot. You’re welcome.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:11 p.m.

    imsmarterthanyou -"I blame the state officials for refusing to listen to the will of the people. We don't want your port!"

    No elitist progressive, you don't speak for me. I want the port. This whole thing went through the state legislature process. The state legislature is selected by the will of the people. So they did listen to the will of the people.

    Some just think their will is everyone's will. That is called fascist. And these Antifa style protesters are fascists. They don't want democracy, where a majority represents the will of the people.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:03 p.m.

    Of course they blame the police. If the police don’t let them get away with everything they want, it’s all the fault of the police. Just waiting for BO to chime in on the protestors’ side, since with him it was always the fault of the police. No wonder respect for our defenders in blue has declined.

    Rose Park Brown Berets – I wonder if they knew the history of “brown shirts” when they chose that moniker?

    What right do they have to occupy space at the Chamber of Commerce building? It’s not public property and had nothing to do with the inland port, anyway.

    These people need to get a life and become productive, not destructive members of society.

    The protestors were absolutely wrong. They have no right to private property. There ere no port meetings at the PRIVATE property. None to “control their lives”. BTW, it seems they are incapable of controlling their lives, so maybe they need someone to do it for them

    some of the “organizers” are illegal aliens; SLC will not cooperate with ICE so these criminals can be deported. poetic justice that these illegals are costing the city that’s protecting them

    There were no port meetings going on

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    July 11, 2019 2:04 p.m.

    I wouldn't trust the mayor to do anything, especially allow her city courts to prosecute fellow leftists.

    Desnews censorers are being picky today.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2019 1:32 p.m.

    But if the protesters had not show up...forest for the trees!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 11, 2019 1:29 p.m.


    "Each on of those demonstration protesting against new job coming the The Salt Lake Area are...."Democrats""

    Ironically, your post is directly after a post from the single most conservative commenter on this board who said "we don't want your port."

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    July 11, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Independent -

    “an inland port is good for the economy, poor people included. And making transportation more efficient with a port will only help clean the air. Don't fall for this leftist garbage.”

    Speaking of not falling for Alt-Rightist garbage. Care to back up your claim with factual information, rather Faux News talking points? If you believe the port to be a positive feel free to have one in the booming metropolis of Henderson! The air quality in SLC is some of the absolute worst in the nation, adding an inland port will of course only add to this issue along with the major traffic problems. You’re welcome.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    July 11, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    I wonder was Carlos Martinez arrested he was as much at fault as the others for organizing a violent protest?

  • Truthczar Colorado Springs, CO
    July 11, 2019 1:02 p.m.

    snowflakes are silly

  • Flipphone , 00
    July 11, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    Each on of those demonstration protesting against new job coming the The Salt Lake Area are...."Democrats"

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    I blame the state officials for refusing to listen to the will of the people. We don't want your port!

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    July 11, 2019 12:39 p.m.

    Who else could they blame? childish

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    July 11, 2019 12:35 p.m.

    This is right out of their play book. Don't fall for it. These protests are not peaceful. They're designed to move public opinion against the police and the establishment. The organizers should go to prison. Furthermore, an inland port is good for the economy, poor people included. And making transportation more efficient with a port will only help clean the air. Don't fall for this leftist garbage.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    July 11, 2019 12:24 p.m.

    The Students for a Democratic Society were there, eh? SDS? Trying to claim they were there peacefully?

    Sorry, if SDS is part of your protest group, you don't get the benefit of the doubt. Anyone who experienced the 60s or 70s knows all about how terrorist SDS is. Multiple dead people lie at their hands.

    It's true that Governor Herbert misspoke.... if SDS is involved, there's nothing "borderline" about the terrorist threats. He should have flat out called them terrorists and he would have been 100% correct.

    It is interesting to see the Sierra Club hosting a whole lot of communists though... we always did say the environmentalists were watermelons--green on the outside, but red all the way through. Glad the Sierra Club is bringing it into the open.

  • Keeping Informed Orem, UT
    July 11, 2019 12:07 p.m.

    It is the responsibility of the police to protect private property. That these people think they can waltz (or storm) their way onto private property and not be confronted by police shows their complete disdain for law and order. They are dangerous. And why are the media being puppets for these '60s wannabes? They are manipulating the media in ways that would make my journalism professors turn over in the graves. I, for one, am tired of seeing their lunacy promoted on TV screens and in the news.

  • Nottrue Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 12:01 p.m.

    But of course it was the police that was at fault, they twisted the protesters arms to come there so that there would be violence, the protesters were just little good boys and girls and we're bullied by the big bad policemen. The protesters did nothing wrong at all. They were all good citizens minding their own business invading an office building because they have a right to do that. The protesters are at fault period, they just don't want to take responsibility for their childish behavior.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    "We were completely unprepared for police to choke, throw, corral and punch us," Martinez said.

    But they were prepared to trespass, damage property, shut down transportation, disrupt a meeting and refuse to leave when requested weren't they?

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:50 a.m.

    Of course they blame the police.

    ....and no one in prison is actually guilty.

    ...and the dog ate my homework.

  • drich Green River, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    It's never these entitled individuals that think they can do anything they want and not be blamed for their actions. Like speeding the car made me do it.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    The protestors are absolutely right.

    It was the police that instigated the violence; because they refuse to allow peaceful protests to government action.

    They claim all sorts of things like "private property" even when on government property or when the government is sitting in a meeting controlling the lives of the people. By definition that makes it a PUBLIC right to protest.

    They claim things like "time and place restriction" or "you have to get a permit to protest."

    But the Constitution is very clear "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    By making it a law that people have to get a permit; or are not allowed to peaceably protest (and again they were being peaceable until the cops started trying to forcefully remove them from the property) a government meeting because of so called "private property" owned by the government peaceably ; the law violates the US Constitution. Yes, the citizens rights have been abridged and the cops were violent!

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    Lock these people up. In a civilized society you don't get to act like this. This behavior more and more is being accepted as the norm under free speech. You don't get to hurt, people, and go after law enforcement under the guise of free speech. I think this stichek is starting to wear thin with most Americans. Oh.....and one last thing America. Stop blaming others for the dumb things that you and others do
    Have some self respect, a little dignty, and personal responsibility and accountability.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    Poppy-cock on a grand scale. After you stepped in it, blame the shoes for what you're tracking around. Hahaha---not even close to the truth.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:07 a.m.

    The conceit of the protest organizers is shown in the statement "It is our right to occupy these spaces". No one has a right to 'occupy' a private building or business. This was trespassing, pure and simple.

    The initial protest was certainly legal, but once the mob mentality took over and this group left the street, they were no longer a legal protest. Any claim to a right to legal protest at that point is trying to spin their own illegal actions. Sorry, but we're not buying.

  • Dasay Farmington, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:04 a.m.

    Oh yes! Somewhere it is written that these public servants have to take resistance, verbal abuse, and misbehaving, but never take stern action! Peaceful protest usually doesn’t involve pushing and shoving a reporters, defying police orders, and generally harassing those that fail to meet their agenda. This particular protest thing lost me at multiple issues being thrown at the wall to see what sticks!

    Oh and by the way, how shameful of the media to report what went on (tic). The very freedom the protesters use to express on one hand, they blame on the other.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 11, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    This is exactly what these protesters wanted. It appears to me they incited violence and projected that on the police and now claim they were victims. Nice. Real nice. So many of these groups take an anti-authority stance or when things don't go their way, they pout and try to act like victims. In this case, playing the race card was an especially nice touch by the organizer.