Utah DPS supports Salt Lake City curfew
As protests and violence have broken out across the United States, Salt Lake City was not immune. What was supposed to start as a peaceful protest devolved into violence and damage to public property, including the destruction of a Salt Lake City patrol vehicle and vandalism at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building and the Utah State Capitol.
Many local business suffered damage and looting, as well.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has instituted a curfew for the city.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020
6 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown and our DPS Commissioner Jess Anderson explain the curfew and its rules in this video:
- The curfew will apply to the entire city.
- It will extend from 8:00 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Monday morning.
- During the hours of curfew, people may not be on a public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel, with the following exceptions:
- law enforcement, fire, paramedics or other medical personnel,
- news media
- People traveling to work; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; traveling to the airport; seeking medical care; fleeing dangerous circumstances; or experiencing homelessness.
- Private businesses may remain open, but people may not be out on the streets or in a public place for reasons other than these.
The Utah Department of Public Safety and its associated divisions have been assisting Salt Lake City since Saturday and will continue through the weekend:
- Utah Highway Patrol (protection of Utah State Capitol, curfew enforcement)
- Division of Emergency Management (State Emergency Operations Center and logistical support)
- State Bureau of Investigation
- SIAC (Intelligence gathering)
We respect the right to demonstrate, but we call on Utahns do so with civility and to help us keep Utah safe.