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Protesters took to the streets Wednesday to demand greater police accountability, blocking traffic on some of Salt Lake City's main thoroughfares.
"You never know what police will do, and they always get a free pass," said Gregory Lucero, who strapped on a neon vest before protesters marched against red lights and stood in front of traffic on 400 South and on State Street.
About 120 people gathered downtown, joining rallies in several other cities during Wednesday's National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. Families and friends held signs in memory of several people gunned down in recent years by police:
• 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, who was shot last month in Saratoga Springs during a footchase that began after he allegedly swung a replica samurai sword at police while, his family says, he was role-playing in costume.
• Dillon Taylor, the unarmed 20-year-old whose shooting in August by Salt Lake City police was deemed justified by prosecutors.
• Joey Tucker, whose family won a $100,000 settlement from Salt Lake City after he was shot to death in 2009.
• Danielle Willard, whose supporters were smarting after a judge last week dismissed manslaughter charges in her 2012 death against former West Valley City police Detective Shaun Cowley.
"That really knocked the wind out of us," said Brian Palmer, who has organized other protests with families of those shot by police.
The crowd rallied as the sun set on the Public Safety Building, chanting at the new, $125 million structure: "Not a penny, not a dollar! We won't pay for police to slaughter!"
The group Utah Against Police Brutality announced a list of demands, including the creation of an independent review board through the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office, a full review of deadly force tactics by police, and a federal probe into Hunt's shooting, which his family says wouldn't have happened if Hunt were not black.
Then about 60 people marched into 400 South, one of Salt Lake City's busiest streets, and rounded the intersection against traffic signals, briefly stopping on the rails in front of a TRAX train and obstructing traffic.
As police ordered them off the street, some protesters complied while others shouted expletives in reply. A small group broke away and walked to State Street, where they stood on the roadway in front of Matheson Courthouse.
"Hey hey! Ho Ho! These killer cops have got to go!," they shouted while blocking a car. The driver honked in time to their chants, eliciting cheers as they cleared the road.
Police in Utah have fired on 92 people since 2010, striking 75 and killing 44, according to compiled media reports and police records obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune. Those numbers exclude domestic violence shootings committed by off-duty police officers.