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ACLU of Utah attorney let go following arrest

Allegedly fired gun at car with his children inside
Posted at 10:12 PM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 18:12:14-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A brand new ACLU of Utah Staff Attorney was booked into jail early Saturday morning for allegedly firing a gun at a car with his children inside.

Aaron Kinikini was arrested on one count of aggravated assault, three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, one count of criminal mischief, one count of unlawful detention and one count of discharge of firearms.

On Thursday, theACLU of Utah announced the recent hiring of Kinikini as the affiliate's Staff Attorney. Previously, Kinikini served as the Legal Director at the Utah Disability Law Center.

The organization announced Tuesday that he is no longer employed there. No further information was given by the ACLU.

According to arrest documents, the mother of at least three of Kinikini's children came to pick them up. When the mother and the children were in the vehicle, Kinikini stood behind the vehicle, preventing them from leaving.

Kinikini says the vehicle drove at him at a high rate of speed when he used a handgun to fire at the car, according to a probable cause statement.

The shots that were fired hit the driver's side front and rear tires.

Kinikini is currently being held in the Salt Lake County District Court with no bail.