Sister of man shot by SLC police among those at rally against police brutality

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OGDEN, Utah – Several dozen protesters rallied in Ogden Saturday as part of a nationwide movement opposed to police brutality.

Participants chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot” a phrase that has been made famous during protests in Ferguson, Missouri that came in the wake of an officer involved shooting that left 18-year-old Michael Brown dead.

The rally was held outside the city's offices on 25th Street and Washington Boulevard, and those who attended also focused on the death of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City Police Department officer as Taylor was leaving a 7-Eleven. Numerous protests have been held in the wake of the shooting, including an event held Monday.

Taylor’s sister, Teesha, was at Saturday’s protest and spoke about the loss of her brother and what that means to the larger movement the rally was a part of.

“When I walk into my door, it's like I expect to see my brother there, and it's not, he won't ever be there,” she said. “But just knowing that all these people are here to fight for the justice of Dillon Taylor, my brother, it makes me feel good, you know. It's not just me standing alone like I thought it would be."

The protesters said they would like to see police wearing body cameras to record their interactions with citizens. They said this would increase transparency in cases where police use force.

The officer who shot Taylor was wearing a body camera, but so far that footage has not yet been released. The shooting remains under investigation.

7 comments

  • Bob

    Several dozen? The vast majority of Utahns believe in acting like decent human beings, and get along with law enforcement just fine.
    “Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people.” – Zig Ziglar

    • bob

      Some hate gays because some story book told them to and they think they know all about “mother nature”… Not everyone is perfect I guess…

      • Bob

        what does this story have to do with gays Bob? The Utah Pride Center has opened a new counseling and wellness clinic that can help people have phobias about Mother Nature.

        Luckily my biggest problem is deciding what to BBQ for my wife and kids,

      • bob

        I am shocked you only have one wife there bob… I mean don’t you want to be a good doctrine drunk LDS member?

      • Bob

        One man, one woman, one normal marriage. No inner turmoil because Mother Nature dealt my hand from the top of the deck.

      • Bob

        People in my circle of friends don’t hate gays Bob. We’re too busy focusing on the important things in our lives. My main interest right now is a family get-together tonight.

  • Dave

    I don’t want to bash law enforcement. Their job is already tough enough. And besides, they come from our own communities. They’re us. That said, I’m not too pleased with how they are managed, trained and equipped. Something is going wrong and we, as a community, need to fix it. We need more support for those who protect and serve. They need better training and better pay. Maybe then we can hold them to a higher professional standard through competent and fair management. If management isn’t up to the job, they need to go and make room for those who can. Our officers and our communities deserve nothing less. And yes, those few bad apples, and they’re definitely there, need to get the boot and be held accountable.

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