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Utah saw 30 police shootings last year, tying previous record

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 00:38:57-05

Police across Utah shot at a record 30 people two years ago.

And then, in 2020, the state tied its own record, according to a database kept by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Two years ago after the record was set, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced it would study the shootings in reaction to a detailed summary in The Salt Lake Tribune. The idea: Examine what happened and identify opportunities for police to respond differently after a violent encounter.

But Attorney General Sean Reyes’ team never finished the study. No findings were shared. His staff stopped because it was too difficult to collect the information from police departments.

To this day, no government entity is tracking police shootings in Utah.

Click here to read the Tribune's full in-depth report on what we know about these 30 "officer-involved shootings," as well as the paper's collaboration with PBS FRONTLINE on the data-gathering project.