Salt Lake City

Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s statement on officer involved shooting on Rio Grande Street

“Like many in our community, I am deeply saddened and concerned by the events that took place in Downtown Salt Lake City last night. While the shooting is still under investigation, there is no doubt what happened is a tragedy for all involved and for our entire city.

“The use of force by law enforcement against the public can tear at the delicate balance of trust between both sides, and must be taken extremely seriously. These incidents create a number of unanswered questions in the short term, and justice requires we work together in good faith to find answers.

“I have complete confidence in the Unified Police Department, who is leading the investigation, and District Attorney Sim Gill, who will make an ultimate decision in this incident. I have asked the Salt Lake City Police Department to release as much information to the public as possible, without compromising the integrity of this investigation. I have also made a request for Chief Brown to reach out to members of the young man’s family, as well as meet personally with members of the police reform community as soon as possible.

“I am cognizant that this is the third significant use of force incident for the Salt Lake City Police Department in the last month. This morning, I had a serious conversation with Police Chief Brown and members of his team to review details about each of these incidents, including a discussion on training and whether de-escalation efforts could have been implemented. These conversations will continue in the weeks to come, will include members of the community, and must result in meaningful change.

“It is critical in times like these we do not stand against each other in our efforts to improve our criminal justice system–and we can always improve. I encourage the public to stay involved and engage in civil dialogue.”

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