Protests remain peaceful following release of footage of Salt Lake police shooting
SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters returned to Salt Lake City streets in smaller numbers Friday night as the nation continues the reel over the death of George Floyd, adding to their cries against police brutality after Salt Lake City police released what the mayor called “disturbing” body camera footage of the shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal.
The footage — which shows police officers shooting at Palacios at least 20 times as he ran away, holding a gun, after police were called on a report someone was making threats with a gun — comes during a time of high tension between police and the public, nationwide and in Utah.
About 30 people met Friday evening on the street corner of 300 West and 900 South, where Palacios was killed May 23. The group included friends of Palacios who spoke about their memories of him.
“We live in a country where even the worst of criminals get to go to court and get to fight for their rights,” said Lorena Burciaga. “He didn’t even have the chance to defend himself.”
Burciaga said her family is “absolutely sure that Bernardo was killed because he is Hispanic.”
“They claim that this is a country for freedom, yet they hate us for the way that we look, for the way that we talk, for the way that we are,” she said. “They killed George (Floyd) in the most brutal way and they killed him in a very brutal way as well.”
“We want the system to change,” she continued. “We don’t want ...
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