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Salt Lake City Protesters Face Life in Prison over Broken Windows, Red Paint

HeadlineAug 10, 2020

In Salt Lake City, protesters who broke windows and splashed red paint outside the District Attorney’s Office in July face a maximum sentence of life in prison, after prosecutors charged them with felony criminal mischief and a gang enhancement. The protesters were calling for justice for Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, who was shot dead by police officers in May. The officers have not been charged. The move to label protesters as gang members has drawn renewed attention to Utah’s 1990s-era street gangs law, which disproportionately targets communities of color.

Meanwhile, a U.S. district judge in Oregon has extended a restraining order against the U.S. Marshals Service and agents with the Department of Homeland Security, ordering them to stop attacking journalists and legal observers at Black Lives Matter protests in Portland. 

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