A police reform march in a wealthy Utah neighborhood broke out in violent clashes between officers and protesters.
Agents using tasers and pepper spray arrested nine people and confiscated five vehicles after the clashes in Cottonwood Heights.
Cottonwood Heights police chief Robby Russo described the protesters as “rioters” and said three of his officers had been injured and several had been sprayed with water guns containing an unknown fluid that he described as “dangerous.”
About 150 people participated in The March for Justice took place on Sunday afternoon.
In March, chaos broke out before police reform in Cottonwood Heights, an affluent neighborhood in Utah, on Sunday, August 2
It coincided with the birthday of 19-year-old Zane James who was murdered by local police in 2018.
An almost 40-minute video recording and broadcast live on Facebook by Tali Bruce, a Cottonwood Heights city councilor, shows dozens of people marching and singing on a residential street.
A few minutes later, the march was stopped by the police and asked people to go from the street to the sidewalk.
This was followed by a few minutes of discussion and the march continued on the sidewalk before returning to the street.
At this point, officers and protesters face and yell at each other.
About 150 people took part in The March for Justice took place on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM. The march was stopped by the police and asked people to go from the street to the sidewalk
After the march gets back on the road, officers and protesters are shown confronting and shouting as the protest turned violent
A young woman is handcuffed by the Cottonwood Heights police officer on the lawn in front of a house
A shirtless man with a bloody face is arrested by police after officers and protesters collide
An agent in the video is seen lifting a young woman into the air and throwing her on the lawn in front of a house. The woman says three times, “I can’t see it,” while officers hold her.
Later, a few officers are visible tackling and holding a shirtless man to the ground.
Nearby, an officer is shown spraying a man’s face. The man fell to the floor, his face in both hands, writhing in pain.
Protesters are targeted on the ground by Cottonwood Heights police officers
A demonstrator in a white T-shirt is taken away by police officers after the march erupts in violent clashes
Agents using tasers and pepper spray arrested nine people and seized five vehicles after the clashes in Cottonwood Heights
In a subsequent Facebook video, Tali Bruce claims that an officer hit her “ hard ” and also forcefully pressed her to the ground.
“I saw countless people gassed, beaten, bloodied – including Zane [James’] Dad, ”Bruce said in the video, crying as she drives a car.
“I can’t even believe this is Cottonwood Heights.”
Sunday’s protest was one of the last of many to call for police reform following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota custody on May 25.
The Cottonwood Heights march was organized by a group consisting of entrepreneurs, police reform activists, and teenage Zane James’ friends and family.
A demonstrator shrinks in pain when his eyes are washed with water after he appears to have been sprayed with pepper in the face
Zane James was 19 years old when he was was fatally shot twice by an off-duty police officer Cottonwood Heights, who was on his way to work on May 29, 2018.
The officer saw the teenager fleeing with a dirt bike after allegedly robbing two stores with an “airsoft” or toy gun loaded with BBs in the Sandy area.
James turned down all life-saving methods and died on May 31, two days after the shooting.
His parents, Aaron and Tiffany James, have filed a civil rights complaint with a view to a policy change and efforts to improve training procedures and transparency within the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.
The march was planned to coincide with the birthday of 19-year-old Zane James who was murdered by local police in 2018
According to the civil rights complaint, Zane James was an experienced hockey player and high-level academic.
He suffered two severe concussions, which ended his hockey career.
James became severely and clinically depressed and was an opiate addict as he struggled with the physical and emotional symptoms of his condition.
He was actively seeking treatment for his depression at the time of the shooting.