Protesters broke windows, painted public property, and chanted into the night on Thursday in Salt Lake City after District Attorney Sim Gill announced Utah police officers were legally justified in firing more than 30 times and killing an armed man as he ran away. Prints of hands painted in red covered concrete walls at the DA office following the announcement.
22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was shot as he ran from Salt Lake City police officers who were investigating a gun-threat call. Gill said officers had yelled for him to drop a gun before he was shot. The case has become a rallying point for protesters in the state amid a national wave of dissent against police brutality. The man's family expressed pain and frustration with the district attorney’s decision and said it would redouble its calls for systemic change.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency due to the civil unrest. The order restricts access to the Capitol, which was not targeted by protesters on Thursday but was defaced in a previous protest.
The order remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on July 13.