Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency Thursday evening after “civil unrest” broke out in Salt Lake City in reaction to two police officers being cleared of wrongdoing in the May shooting death of an armed suspect.
Images posted online showed dozens of handprints, in what appeared to be red paint, splattered across a sign at the entrance to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.
The situation was declared an unlawful assembly after demonstrators started smashing windows at the DA’s office, The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reported.
“It was my sincere hope that the protest tonight would remain peaceful as it has night after night,” policed Chief Mike Brown wrote on Twitter. “Sadly, as they began to break windows at @SLCountyDA office, we declared it an unlawful assembly.”