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Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke at Saturday's anti-police violence rally at the Matheson Courthouse, condemning the unnecessary use of force and demanding that cops be held accountable like everyone else.
Later that night, he was hoping the police officers he summoned to his house would have been more aggressive.
"I would have liked to have seen them pull out their billy clubs," he said.
Anderson posted his appreciation of the cops on his Facebook page, noting that the several officers who came to his home were professional and courteous.
He had said in his speech Saturday that most cops do a fine job under stressful circumstances, but he warned against those who wield unwarranted deadly force.
Anderson called the police after midnight after the daytime rally to quell a disturbance caused, he said, by drunken residents partying in the street with loud music and no concern for their neighbors, many of them elderly. The commotion had occurred many times before, he said, so he had obtained a sound box that emanates high frequency, ear-piercing noise.
When Anderson pointed the box at the offending neighbors, three men walked menacingly toward him. The ex-mayor said he was ready "to take on all three."
When they left, they had stolen his box, so he reported a theft.
"The police broke up the party," Anderson said. "I wish they had done more."
On Saturday, speaking at the faith's General Conference, Mormon apostle Dallin H. Oaks said if court rulings on the issue do not go the church's way, Mormons should respond graciously and "practice civility with our adversaries."
But on Tuesday, the day after the justices effectively legalized gay marriage in Utah, church-owned KSL Radio spent the morning on stories about all the havoc that decision may cause.
"I am gobstruck by KSL Radio's second-day coverage of the same-sex marriage story," Holly Mullen, executive director of the Rape Recovery Center, wrote on Facebook. "I've been listening most of the morning. It's a regular machine-gun spray of negative, fear-based stories about monumental challenges of rewriting adoption laws, policies about foster parenting and, oh yes, the impacts on religious freedoms."
More negativity • Right-wing political activist Cherilyn Eagar, who has made paranoia about same-sex marriage into a cottage industry, sent an email to her followers condemning Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes for giving up the fight against such marriages so easily.
"We are astonished at the lack of moral leadership," wrote Eagar, president of the American Leadership Fund, which submitted an amicus brief to Utah's appeal, asking the high court to overturn U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby's decision that toppled the state's gay-marriage ban.
Shelby's "indefensible ruling … overturned the will of the people of Utah regarding the definition of marriage. It is a preposterous assumption that the 14th Amendment has been used … to suddenly undermine the civil rights of children to have both a mother and a father and to deliberately alienate them from one or the other."
Actually, Shelby's decision was just one of numerous federal court rulings that overturned state same-sex marriage bans and, according to Eagar, were equally preposterous.
Eagar's anti-gay-marriage emails contain a "sky-is-falling" quality and, of course, often ask for money to help her far-right organization protect life as we know it.