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Demonstrators protest peacefully in downtown SLC

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 01:43:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Protests against police brutality Monday night in downtown Salt Lake City had a much different result than those that took place Saturday.

Demonstrators chanting "kneel with us!" even saw their request granted by one officer standing guard outside the Salt Lake City Police headquarters.

"I understand why they're protesting," he said. "We don't want any violence... If that means me taking a knee to make sure things stay peaceful, that's what I'll do."

After the rally, participants then took to the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, splitting off into multiple groups. Some marched to the state Capitol, where some were arrested. The number of those taken into custody or the potential charges were not available immediately. SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall had put in place a week-long nighttime curfew, and Gov. Gary Herbert issued a "State of Emergency" that includes closing the State Capitol complex to the public on Monday.

Hundreds of police officers and National Guardsmen lined the streets as protests wound down and demonstrators cleared out of the area.

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