Victim requests that no charges be filed against officer seen shoving him during SLC violent protest

Dec 4, 2020, 6:31 PM | Updated: 6:37 pm
(Protesters go face-to-face with shielded police officers.  Credit:  Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret New...
(Protesters go face-to-face with shielded police officers. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, May 30, 2020)
(Protesters go face-to-face with shielded police officers. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, May 30, 2020)

SALT LAKE CITY – An officer seen on video shoving an elderly man to the ground during May’s violent protest won’t face criminal charges.  Prosecutors say this was a tough decision, but the victim didn’t want the officer to be charged.

It’s a video that angered people all over the country.  An officer with a shield approaches an elderly man with a cane and shoves him, causing him to fall.  The incident was recorded by a local TV station ad shared on social media platforms all over the U.S.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he started investigating after seeing the video and was certain it rose to a criminal level.  Gill says he showed it to his screening team, and they all agreed it was an illegal use of force.

“The first conclusion was that they certainly believed that the use of force that they saw, that was witnessed, was unnecessary and unlawful,” Gill says.

However, Gill says the victim made it clear he didn’t want officer Val Brown to be charged.  That man reportedly requested that Brown be disciplined within the Salt Lake City Police Department.  Gill says the victim just wanted to get on with his life, and he didn’t want to go through any kind of court proceeding.

“In the exact says circumstances [with] another victim, this case gets prosecuted,” Gill says.

Prosecutors decided to wait to formally decline charges just in case the victim changed his mind.  However, that didn’t happen.

“He reaffirmed to us his desire not to want to go forward to this,” according to Gill.

Had the victim wanted to go forward with the case, Gill says Brown would have been looking at assault charges.

He says, “We were looking at misdemeanor level assaults [because] there was a potential there could be substantial bodily injury, also because he’s an elderly person.  So, we looked at a series of charges.”

The Salt Lake City Police Department isn’t giving details on how they disciplined Brown, but they have confirmed he is still with the department.  In a statement released to the Deseret News, department officials say the complaint went through rigorous reviews by Internal Affairs and the Civilian Review Board.  Officials agreed the level of force used by Brown was inappropriate, and they’ve taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In a written statement, Chief Mike Brown says, “As always, we will continue to train and improve our tactics to ensure that we have the most professional officers.”


Related Articles:

Police chief addresses video of officer pushing elderly man to ground amid protest

Another person charged in connection with violent SLC protests

Protesters gather in Portland for multiple rallies

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.
1 day 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.
1 day 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.
2 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 […]
2 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.
3 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.
3 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.
Victim requests that no charges be filed against officer seen shoving him during SLC violent protest