SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Cottonwood Heights police officers were not internally disciplined for their use of force in a violent altercation in August of last year with protesters inside a residential neighborhood.
One officer was given a written warning for not properly identifying himself.
A group of people were holding a rally for Zane James, who was shot and killed by police in 2018 during a pursuit after James allegedly robbed two grocery stores.
Court records show police asked those in the August rally to not block public roads, but protesters said they had a first amendment right to protest in the streets. Police began detaining people who were still on the road.
As the officers approached the group of protesters, they were “swarmed by multiple individuals” who “began actively fighting police,” according to an affidavit.