SALT LAKE CITY — Protests continued in the downtown area Tuesday as demonstrators from two local civil rights groups joined forces to march in peaceful protest.
Protests started around 5 o’clock Tuesday night as supporters gathered alongside Salt Lake Equal Rights Movement (SLERM) organizers.
Protesters chanted before falling silent to listen to speakers as they shared messages of hope and equality.
Around 6:30 p.m., the group marched to the Federal Building to join protesters who had gathered in support of the Salt Lake Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Following another series of chants, speakers took center stage demanding reform.
In particular, the group made three demands.
- For City Council to defund Salt Lake City Police by 30-million-dollars.
- For all local cases involving a fatality at the hands of an officer to be reopened and investigated by a community-led review board.
- For all protesters who have been arrested since demonstrations in Salt Lake City started to be released with all charges dropped.
Following demands and more speakers. Hundreds took to the streets of the downtown area, marching to the city and county building, down Main Street to the Gallivan Center where they gathered once again.
A fraction of protesters then continued back to the State Capitol where they disbanded just after 9 o’clock.
More than a dozen protests against police brutality and racial injustice have now been organized in Salt Lake City since the death of George Floyd.
Protesters taking part in Tuesday night’s displays said they intended to continue protesting until they saw equality among citizens, and defunding and reform among police.