SLC officials assessing damage from Saturday’s protest, health officials concerned

Jun 1, 2020, 9:11 PM
SLC officials assessing damage from Saturday's protest, health officials concerned...
(Front windows of the SLC Public Safety Building. Credit: Paul Nelson)
(Front windows of the SLC Public Safety Building. Credit: Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY – Cleanup continues around downtown Salt Lake City after the violence from Saturday’s protest.  City officials are still trying to figure out how much damage was done, and health officials are extremely concerned about what they saw over the weekend.

By Monday morning, most of the graffiti on and around the Salt Lake City Public Safety building from Saturday’s protest was removed.  There were still some shattered windows and some egg splatter that hadn’t been cleaned, but, most of the building appeared rather normal.  Although, police still had the streets around Washington Square restricted.

For now, city leaders say it’s hard to know how much damage was done.  Acting Public Services Director Lorna Vogt says they’re trying to find out how widespread the damage is.

Vogt says, “We have some park benches and signage and things around the City/County Building.  We know some were damaged, but our staff hasn’t had the ability to go around and document all of the damage, yet.”

Both the city’s facilities department and engineering department are tasked with putting a dollar figure on the damage of Saturday’s protest, but Vogt says they’re unsure how long that will take.

“Obviously, we need to put things together.  We just want to make sure it’s as comprehensive as possible,” she says.


Health officials are certain the protests didn’t help Utah’s COVID-19 picture, at all.  Just since Sunday, state officials confirm an additional 202 cases, bringing the grand total to 9,999 with 113 total deaths.  Utah Department of Health Spokesman Tom Hudachko says they were already concerned because the average rate of infection over the past seven days was going up.  He says the state is nowhere near “out of the woods” when it comes to COVID-19 spread.

“Large group gatherings, especially those where social distancing either isn’t feasible or isn’t practiced, are simply just not safe, right now,” he says.

They’re asking anyone who attended the protest to keep a close eye on any possible symptoms of the disease.  They include cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fever and changes to your sense of taste or smell.

Hudachko says, “If they do develop symptoms, they should seek out testing and isolate themselves until those test results are returned and public health officials have a chance to advise them on how they should respond, moving forward.”


As of Monday morning, investigators say 46 people were arrested since the violent protest, and more arrests are coming.  Police say there were rumors stating many of the people arrested were actually brought into the state specifically for Saturday’s clash.  However, Detective Greg Wilking says they haven’t seen much evidence of that.

He says, “We haven’t been able to confirm they’ve been bussed in.  There were a few people from out of state, but we haven’t seen that concerted effort to bring people in.”

Wilking says there were some protestors form out of state, but the vast majority of people arrested live along the Wasatch Front.  Investigators can confirm more than one group brought people specifically looking to make the already tense situation worse on Saturday.  However, they’re not sure who those groups are, yet.

“We’re concerned about that.  We’ll look to identify those kind of individuals,” Wilking says.



Similar articles:

President Trump declares he’s president of law, order amid protests 

UPDATE: 202 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Utah Monday, no new deaths

St. George mayor eyes COVID ‘code yellow’ designation for 3 county area


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus 


COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading: 

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Don’t touch your face. 
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet) 
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.) 
  • Get a flu shot. 

Resources for more information: 



State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ 

Utah State Board of Education 

Utah Hospital Association 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707 

National Links 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization 

Cases in the United States 


Today’s Top Stories


Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
2 days ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
2 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.
3 days ago
A bullet hole in a white wall. The SLCPD urges gun safety practices...
Samantha Herrera

SLCPD says an accidental gunshot almost hit an 8-year-old, offers gun safety reminder to community

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department sent out a reminder about gun safety Thursday morning following an incident earlier in the week where a gunshot reportedly traveled through an apartment wall, past an 8-year-old boy. The boy was unharmed but police urged the community to practice gun safety. The SLCPD said […]
3 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.
4 days ago
Police car sirens....
Mark Jones

Two people are in critical condition following two-vehicle car crash

Washington City Police report two people were injured following a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred around 4 pm.
4 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.
SLC officials assessing damage from Saturday’s protest, health officials concerned