Public Safety

KUER Local News stories about public safety.

The Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says body camera footage of a Salt Lake City Police officer shooting 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed should be made public in accordance with Utah’s public records law.

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A former St. George doctor has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for illegally prescribing pain pills.

It’s been more than two months since teenage Somali refugee Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City Police. People are still asking law enforcement to release information regarding the case.

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Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west.

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Thousands of Northern Utah Residents are still without power after high winds damaged the electrical system in Weber and Davis Counties over the weekend.

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Law enforcement officials are asking for help in curbing what they call a tidal wave of addiction in Utah.

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Officials in Weber County say the region's new Juvenile Justice Center will be much more than a warehouse for troubled youth. Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Ogden represents a new era for the state’s juvenile justice system.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has named Mike Brown as the city’s permanent Chief of Police. Brown has served as interim police chief since June.

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The spring runoff season’s starting for the creeks surrounding the Wasatch Front valleys and beginning  an especially hazardous time around those streams.

Utah Declares Pornography a Public Health Crisis

Apr 19, 2016
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In an official ceremony Tuesday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Federal Ruling Leaves Polygamy in Limbo

Apr 12, 2016
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Utah’s law prohibiting bigamy has been reinstated following a ruling by federal appeals court judges. The move has dealt a legal blow to the Brown family from the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

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A Brigham Young University researcher says she has found significant bias in how Utah law enforcement decide to submit rape kits for testing.

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Wednesday is “Start By Believing Day” in Utah. The public awareness campaign is aimed at changing the way people respond to rape and sexual assault. DeAnn Tilton is a survivor of sexual assault and creator of the organization Talk to a Survivor. Tilton says victims are too often silenced out of fear that people will not believe them or they will be blamed.

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Salt Lake City Police and Utah Transit Authority officials say they are prepared for an exceptionally busy weekend in downtown Salt Lake City.

Four Salt Lake City firefighters say the city is at fault for a fire that broke at a Marmalade fire station last March.

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The Salt lake City School District and the Salt Lake City Police Department have reached a settlement in a lawsuit stemming from a 2010 gang sweep at West High School.

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Homeless service providers are looking forward to more shelter options, likely outside the overburdened Rio Grande Corridor in Salt Lake City.  Utah lawmakers set aside money this year to move forward with that plan.

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New legislation that could disrupt Utah’s so-called school-to-prison pipeline got final approval from the House of Representatives Monday. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are hoping there’s enough time for the Senate to consider the bill before the session ends Thursday. 

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Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown met with reporters Monday to discuss a shooting that took place over the weekend in which a 17-year-old black male was shot by police.

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The Utah House passed a bill today that would allow victims of sexual abuse to bring civil action against alleged perpetrators, even after the statute of limitations has expired.

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A bill that could limit public access to police body-camera footage is moving forward in the Utah Legislature.

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The Utah House passed a bill on Wednesday that could help crack down on the spread of child pornography.

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Lawmakers debated a bill on Wednesday that would create a statewide minimum standard for the use of police body cameras, but ran out of time before being able to take a vote.

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Police in Utah are increasing efforts to deal with a growing number of parole violators committing violent crimes in Salt Lake County. In the meantime, the department of corrections has accepted the resignations of two division of Adult Probation and Parole officials.

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would help school districts teach 8th graders about gun safety.

Legislator Wants to End Speed Trap Towns

Feb 1, 2016
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A Utah legislator is trying to put an end to speed trap towns.

Whittney Evans

Each year, homeless service providers and volunteers in Utah rise early to comb local communities to get a sense of how many people are homeless. It’s part of Utah’s annual point-in-time count.

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Unified Police Officer Douglas Barney was honored today for laying down his life in the line of duty. The funeral was held at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Law Enforement

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are investigating a number of juveniles in Emery County and have arrested two people in Tooele County in two separate cases involving the poaching of more than 20 deer.

Whittney Evans

U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell heard arguments today concerning whether Darrien Hunt’s mother Susan Hunt agreed to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs. Police there shot and killed her 22-year-old son in 2014.

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