Sunday, August 14, 2016

Losing Their Religion

City Creek Park hosts fifth annual LDS mass resignation.
One might expect there would have been a barrage of middle-fingers and a choir of “fuck you’s” aimed at Temple Square during Saturday’s fifth annual mass resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City’s City Creek Park. There was none of that.

Friday, August 12, 2016

King of Fire

Under cloud of controversy, UFA Chief Michael Jensen resigns.
With accusations of misusing public funds and a pair of audits underway, Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen on Friday announced he intends to resign. Jensen is the third high-ranking UFA employee to step down since July of this year, when City Weekly launched an investigation into the organization’s finances.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Protesters Demand Mayor, DA, Resign

Group says cops, not 17-year-old who was shot, should be prosecuted.
A day after Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced that a pair of police officers was justified in shooting a 17-year-old boy in February, about two dozen protesters gathered on Tuesday to decry the decision and demand that Gill and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski resign. The subdued protest, which paled in size to one held days after Abdullahi "Abdi" Mohamed, who is black, was shot on Feb. 27, 2016, as he allegedly beat a man at the homeless shelter on Rio Grande Street, was nevertheless heated.

Monday, August 8, 2016

DA rules shooting of 17-year-old at shelter 'justified'

Abdullahi "Abdi" Mohamed was hit by a double-whammy on  Monday.  District Attorney Sim Gill announced that his office had ruled Mohamed's shooting by two officers in mid February this year as what cops call "a good shoot," or in the DA's parlance as "justified." 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Prisoner by Another Name...

Why does the jail call those in its charge prisoners?
I heard from a reader with a keen interest in justice issues and a layman's irritation at what she views as nonsensical policy.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tribune Editor Orme Leaves Paper

Former Trib Talk producer Napier-Pearce to take over.
Paul Huntsman, Jon Huntsman Sr., Terry Orme, Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Thursday, July 28, 2016

SLC Buys 305 Acres for Open Space

Purchases exhaust last of open space bond passed in 2003.
Using watershed and open space protection funds, Salt Lake City on Thursday announced it had purchased two chunks of land in the city’s foothills for $1.4 million. The land, totaling 305 acres, includes a 144.8 acre parcel directly north of Ensign Peak and a second parcel of 160 acres along a ridge above City Creek Canyon.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mayor, Chief, Listen as Residents Speak Minds on Police/Community Relations

Hundreds gather to listen, and be listened to on issues with SLC's cops.
With tensions between the police and the citizens they are tasked with policing rising across the country, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Chief of Police Mike Brown convened on Thursday at a public workshop to help bridge the divide. The workshop strayed from a typical public forum, as city officials huddled with residents in three break-out sessions, where the crowd of a couple hundred opined on the police department’s de-escalation training,  general training and the police department’s Citizen Review Board.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mayor, Chief, to Host Workshop on Police's Relationship With Community

Event arrives amid rash of shootings.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Chief of Police Mike Brown are hosting a public workshop to address the relationship between the police and the community on Thursday. The workshop, which is open to the public, comes amid a rash of police shootings of civilians, as well as shootings of police, that have scourged the country this summer.

“There’s a Crisis”

Salt Lake’s African American children get spotlight at community discussion.
The Community Advisory Board for the Salt Lake City Police Department held a discussion with police aimed at parents of African-American children Tuesday evening at the Salt Lake City Library.

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