Eight arrested in immigration protest inside private Centerville building

Jul 12, 2018, 5:23 PM | Updated: Jul 13, 2018, 7:34 am
Follow @kslpetersamore...

CENTERVILLE – Police in Centerville arrested eight protesters for trespassing inside the office building of a private prison corporation.

They were upset with the now-reversed U.S. policy of separating families at the border.

KSL asked organizer Taylor Goldstein about going into a private building to protest when her group could have put themselves in harm’s way, instead of receiving police and First Amendment protections outside in public.

“Well, we wanted to stop business as usual,” Goldstein explained. “We wanted to show how important this was to us by risking arrests.”

Her group had no proof of abuse by private prison firm Management and Training Corp., especially at detention centers where Immigration and Customs Enforcement had separated, and reunited, immigrant families illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The eight protestors chained themselves together. One of them used a U-shaped bicycle lock that she looped through a door handle around her neck.

“They demanded that we join them as law enforcement, and handcuff ourselves with them to be on their side,” said Police Lt. Zan Robison.

He told them, “That’s not going to happen.”

Four police agencies with a mobile command unit responded to the protest. Robison called that a burden on resources.

“We would have liked to be available to handle other calls that could come in,” he said.

In a statement, Management and Training Corp. said it would have been happy to meet with the protestors, but instead, they “refused to comply with police to leave private property.”

The company also said its hearts go out to the families separated at the border, but none of the three ICE detention centers it operates holds children.

It adds it has no say over immigration policies, including the reversed one that had separated immigrant parents from children.

The company also said it respects the right to protest, but protesters “don’t have the right to break the law” by invading private property.

Today’s Top Stories


People leave Field's shopping centre, after Danish police said they received reports of shooting, i...
Kim Norgaard, Pierre Meilhan and Jorge Engels, CNN

Several people killed in Copenhagen mall shooting, police say

shooting at a mall in Copenhagen has left several people dead, local police said Sunday.
1 day ago
Image from the scene of the shooting on South Major street in Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy of SLC...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: SLCPD investigating party shooting that left one in critical condition

Police received multiple calls regarding shots fired near 1485 South Major Street at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday July 3, 2022. 
1 day ago
The scene of the shooting at 900 S. 200 West (Photo courtesy of Adam Sotelo)...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: Shooting on TRAX platform leaves one dead, one injured

Police responded to reports of shots fired on a TRAX platform near 900 South and 200 West at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
1 day ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
3 days ago
draper shooting police...
Mark Jones

Party ban becomes permanent for Airbnb

Airbnb announced this week that it is placing permanent ban on disruptive parties. In April, two people died in a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper.
4 days ago
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Eight arrested in immigration protest inside private Centerville building