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Protesters rally for district attorney to release Bernardo Palacios investigation

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:53:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Dozens of protesters gathered outside the office of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill demanding justice for Bernardo Palacios.

Palacios was killed by Salt Lake City Police officers last month.

The investigation into the incident was completed by the Unified Police Department and the report has been turned over to Gill’s office.

The district attorney will now decide if the use of lethal force was justified.

“We are not going to rest until we get justice for Bernardo,” said Sofia Alcala who describes herself as a community activist. “This isn’t only about Bernardo. This is about all the victims of police brutality that have been swept under the rug time and time again. It’s time to stand up against it.”

For two hours, people held signs and chanted outside the office building. Then, they marched around downtown Salt Lake City before returning to Gill’s office.

The protesters are demanding the officers who killed Palacios will be charged and held accountable.

“No matter how tired I get physically, emotionally – I just have to keep pushing because I know we can win this if we don’t give up,” Alcala said.

In a statement, Gill said his office received the report at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

He added, “Over the next short while we will be diligently working to put together our findings and share them publicly.”