Utah leaders call for peace following verdict in Chauvin trial

Apr 20, 2021, 7:40 AM
Black Lives Matter Utah...
A peaceful protest sponsored by Black Lives Matter Utah on Friday, where demonstrators showed support for those who died at the hands of police both in Utah and nationally. (PHOTO: KSL TV screengrab)
(PHOTO: KSL TV screengrab)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Activists and law enforcement officers in Utah are preparing for a response to the verdict at the end of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Preparing for reaction to the Chauvin trial 

Both sides said they hope the response is peaceful in nature. Governor Spencer Cox has already come out and urged Utahns to respond within the bounds of the First Amendment. He added that all people have to respect personal safety, life and property.

Lex Scott, with the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter, said talks are already underway in terms of what a response from their organization might look like.

“We’re just preparing because as you saw last year, we were not prepared,” she explained.

Scott has made it well-known what sort of outcome their organization is hoping for in the Minneapolis trial.

“A positive outcome would be a murder conviction with a life sentence,” she says. “Anything short of that is injustice.”

Will the end of one trial be the beginning of new reform?

Scott also hopes that further police reform is coming as a result of the trial.

Specifically, she’s looking for an oversight committee for policing and other checks and balances to increase accountability.

“There’s anticipation that with this trial and the end of this trial, change will be coming forward,” Chris Bertram, former Unified Police Department Deputy Chief and assistant professor of criminal justice at Salt Lake Community College said.

According to him, “laws have to be changed” to reach certain outcomes with police agencies.

“If we’re going to expect our law enforcement officers to act in a certain way, to respond in a certain way, we have to have specific guidelines, specific training, specific plans for how they’re going to get that job accomplished,” he said.

Today’s Top Stories


Former President Donald Trump is pictured. The FBI just conducted a raid on his home....
Mark Jackson

Utah reaction to the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate

The FBI search on former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home is prompting a lot of reaction. Two experts provide a local take.
1 day ago
Rep. John Curtis is pictured. He sponsored the Informing Consumers about Smart Devices Act...
CHRIS JACOBS and Samantha Herrera

New bill from Rep. John Curtis takes aim at devices that can record unknowing consumers

The Informing Consumers about Smart Devices Act is sponsored by Rep John Curtis. It will require companies to inform consumers if a device can record them.
1 day ago
FILE - The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Friday, April 1, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhit...

Utah’s senators react to passage of Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act passed through the Senate along party lines on Sunday. Utah's two senators both denounced the bill.
2 days ago
coronavirus aid package congressional races utah...
Alex Rogers, Clare Foran, Ali Zaslav and Manu Raju, CNN

Senate passes Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill

Democrats drove their election-year economic package toward Senate approval early Sunday, debating a measure with less ambition than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but that touches deep-rooted party dreams of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.
3 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 202...
Donald Judd, CNN

President Joe Biden officially cleared to emerge from isolation following rebound Covid-19 case

 President Joe Biden was officially cleared to emerge from isolation Sunday after a second negative Covid-19 test, his physician announced.
3 days ago
Curt Gresseth

Subaru Outback outscores other midsize cars in new side-crash test

The 2022 Subaru Outback outscored six other midsize sedans in an updated side-crash test, which more accurately reflects real-world conditions than the previous test.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Utah leaders call for peace following verdict in Chauvin trial