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Police Violence Must Be Addressed

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // January 16,2013 -

On Jan. 9, police officers of Utah’s Joint Criminal Apprehension Team allegedly shot and killed Kelly Fay Simons, an unarmed 38-year-old woman and suspect in a series of robberies. As of yet, no significant evidence has been produced linking Simons to the crimes or proving that she posed a threat necessitating lethal force in apprehension.

This is not an isolated event, but part of a larger trend of police violence in the Salt Lake Valley, such as the fatal shooting of unarmed Danielle Willard by West Valley Police in November 2012.

To be frank, under any other circumstances, these events would be called murders, and I do not believe a police uniform makes these killings any less deplorable.

If you feel, as I do, that this brutal and excessive behavior requires a response, please join in a demonstration against police violence Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Salt Lake Public Safety Building (315 E. 200 South), at 1 p.m. The legitimacy of police tactics must be brought into question in light of these recent actions.

JOSHUA DUNLAP
Salt Lake City

 
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Posted // July 23,2013 at 07:49

I think the police in Salt Lake City have gotten too big with a culture of hassling people.   They have forgotten that they were HIRED to serve the community.   More and more cases are coming to light of corruption, violence and just plain indifference.   This only comes around where too many officers don’t have enough to do.   Can’t we set up a monitoring center where complaints are given?  Just like a corporate setting, force officers out if they have 3 complaints in 90 days?  This both reduces police numbers and retains outstanding people.

 

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Posted // January 19,2013 at 08:59

When citizens believe police have over-reacted, everyone suffers, including police in terms of cooperation, support and respect.  For more, follow my blog at http://improvingpolice. wordpress. com. And remember: policing in a democracy is best accomplished by those who are well-trained and led, controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to every person, and closely in touch with the communities they serve.

 

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Posted // January 18,2013 at 09:10

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Police use of excessive force, corruption and other\ misconduct hurts everyone – including the police -- in terms of lost cooperation,\ support and trust – which, in turn, diminishes their effectiveness. And\ remember: policing in a democracy is best accomplished by those who are\ well-trained and led, controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to\ every person, and closely in touch with the communities they serve. For more, follow\ my blog at http://improvingpolice. wordpress. com.

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