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Only 3 Utah Cops Faced Charges for Shooting at People in the Past Decade. None Was Convicted. Here’s Why.

Black and white pictures cover a large poster board that’s coated with red paint and handprints, as if illustrated in blood. It’s so big that two protesters have to hold it. On a recent Saturday, they’re standing outside the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, demonstrating against police brutality and chanting for accountability from cops.

On the sign, there’s a photo of Diamonte RivioreDillon TaylorPatrick HarmonZane JamesElijah Smith and Cody Belgard — all killed in police shootings where District Attorney Sim Gill reviewed what happened and decided against charging the officers involved.

“Sim Gill,” it reads, “their blood is on your hands.”

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