PROVO, Utah — One day after guilty verdicts were handed down in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ceremonially signed 12 law enforcement-related bills into law.
Speaking outside the Peace Officer Standards and Training Facility at Salt Lake Community College in Sandy Wednesday morning, Cox said the event had been planned for weeks, but he felt it was “fortuitous” that it took place the day after Chauvin, a former police officer, was found guilty of murdering George Floyd last May. In his opening remarks, Cox tried to bridge the divide between various sides on that issue.
I say this unequivocally, you can be both pro-police and anti-murder,” said Cox. “You don’t have to choose between those two things.”