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Demonstrators gather in downtown SLC for a night of peaceful protests

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 00:07:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City again Tuesday night for a peaceful protest.

The city's first night of protests against police brutality on Saturday began peacefully and gradually escalated on to vandalism, violence — including a counter-protester brandishing weapons — property destruction and dozens of arrests.

Crews spent Sunday cleaning up as the city was on a continuous curfew from Saturday night until Monday morning.

Monday, an organized demonstration remained peaceful outside the SLC Police headquarters, with one officer standing guard even kneeling with protesters. The crowd later split into multiple groups that marched around the city, remaining mostly peaceful but still resulting in 18 arrests.

Tuesday night's protests began at Washington Square Park as participants marched around downtown city streets.

One moment was particularly meaningful to many: A protester shaking hands with SLCPD and National Guard members to cheers and applause: