About 100 protesters gathered outside a police office in northern Utah to demand that an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week was fired.
The audience brought the Black Lives Matter sign on Friday night and others protested the incident, including one who said "Hey Cops! Do not pull guns on our kids."
The officer's actions criticized Jerri Hrubes saying that the white policeman pulled his gun on his son, DJ, black, while playing on his grandmother's front lawn on June 6 in a state where African Americans According to US census figures, only 1.4% of the population.
Black Life Matter in Utah Founder Lex Scott said her group was inspired to organize the protest after teaching the officer would remain at work.
"I think it was a hate crime," Scott said. "That child was targeted because of his skin color."
Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe said last Monday that officials do not intend to shoot the unidentified officer. He said the officer used good judgment and missed the boy for a potential suspicion during the practice of armed suspects.
"We want to learn from this, we do not want people to be traumatized by our efforts to protect society," said Soffe.
Hrubes has said that her son did not have toys or objects in her hands. The officer told the DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground and told him not to ask questions. After Jerri Hrubes confronted the officer, he got into his car and left, she said.
Soffe said an officer was part of a group that chased suspects after the authorities had received reports of a shooting and was told that the suspects were black, Hispanic or Polynesian, he said. Scott's group was enrolled on Friday night by members of other bourgeois lawyer groups, including Utah's Against Police Brutality and Mormon Women for Ethical Government, although the latter group has not demanded that the officer be fired. [1
called for more police officer accountability and better training for how to deescalate situations and identify bias.
A lawyer working with Hrubes said the mother is pleading that the state will investigate. But Scott and another protest said they were worried that the investigation would not be fair.
"I have seen hundreds of investigations and guess who was never found guilty? The police" told Jacob Jensen from Utah's Against Police Brutality audience
Scott said "the police tend to investigate and find It's innocent. It's a conflict of interest. It's not OK. "