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After Weeks of Protests, D.A. Expected to Rule on High-Profile Police Shooting This Week

In 2017, Patrick Harmon, a Black man, was shot and killed by Salt Lake police officer Clinton Fox after Harmon threatened to “cut you” while holding a knife and facing three officers close by, according to a report from the district attorney’s office.

Harmon was initially stopped by police for riding his bicycle across six lanes of traffic on State Street near 1000 South and for not having a required tail light, the report states.

In scenes similar to today, dozens of protesters, — including Harmon’s family who drove to Salt Lake City from St. Louis and members of Black Lives Matter and Utah Against Police Brutality — stood outside the Salt Lake City Police Department prior to Gill’s decision, demanding the release of the body camera footage. The family filed a lawsuit in 2019 against police claiming the shooting “reflects a pattern of racial bias and use of excessive force.”

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