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Council Statement on violence at Capitols

Posted on: January 7th, 2021

We denounce the violence that occurred yesterday in Washington, D.C. and at our own Capitol. It is time to foster change in the partisanship that divides us. […]

New SLC Council Leadership Chosen

Posted on: January 5th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – City Council Members have elected a new leadership team for 2021.

At the Council’s January 5 meeting, the seven-member group chose Amy Fowler, who represents District 7, as the Chair. James Rogers, who represents District 1, was chosen as the Vice Chair.

Turbulent year frames Council actions in 2020

Posted on: December 30th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – The year 2020 in Salt Lake City was calamitous, to say the least. There was a windstorm that took out more than 1,000 trees, earthquakes in March, a series of protests and rallies on equity and policing, and the ongoing worldwide pandemic. […]

A statement from City Council on the K9 Videos

Posted on: October 9th, 2020

“The K9 Unit videos released today by the Salt Lake City Police Department are extremely disturbing. City Council Members are distressed by officers who appear to order their dogs to bite suspects unnecessarily, causing pain and injury.

This should never happen. Our residents should not fear any visit by SLC officers. […]

Salt Lake City Council statement on investigation of K9 Apprehension Program

Posted on: September 25th, 2020

Note: The Salt Lake City Council has not seen the recordings of the K9 unit that are part of the investigation of the K9 Apprehension Program

“We highly value the fact the Mayor is fulfilling her duty to the public in Salt Lake City to carefully examine how the taxpayer policing resources are deployed and to make changes to the City’s approach.[…]

Cancellation of September 8 Meetings

Posted on: September 8th, 2020

The September 8, 2020 Redevelopment Agency Board meeting and Council work session were canceled due to weather and power circumstances. September 8 agenda items will be rescheduled to a future meeting.

Salt Lake City formally establishes Commission on Racial Equity in Policing

Posted on: August 18th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Tonight the Salt Lake City Council, working with Mayor Erin Mendenhall, passed a joint resolution formally establishing the Commission on Racial Equity in Policing, a new advising body convened to make recommendations to the Mayor and Council on the City’s policy, budget, and culture of policing. […]

Salt Lake City Council statement on DA ruling in Palacios-Carbajal shooting

Posted on: July 9th, 2020

“The death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal is a tragedy for our City. We grieve for Palacios-Carbajal’s family and friends.

We also recognize that under our legal system it is the District Attorney’s job to make difficult determinations regarding the use of deadly force by police officers. […]

SLC Council approves notable budget actions

Posted on: June 16th, 2020

This year’s extraordinary circumstances in Salt Lake City and around the world, regarding the pandemic and demands to address systemic racial injustice, led up to the City Council’s action on Tuesday night. The Council-approved $326 million general fund budget concentrates on public safety spending and future practices, continues road repair and other basic essential services, plus support for people and businesses affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. […]

Council statement on released bodycam footage of May 23 officer-involved shooting

Posted on: June 5th, 2020

We feel outraged at the death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal. We are angry about having someone shot and killed in our City. We weep with Bernardo’s family.

We recognize that people in our community are not interested in words. Everyone is waiting to see action. […]