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One of Utah’s best-known police chiefs has had a decadeslong side career defending police misconduct
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One of Utah’s best-known police chiefs has had a decadeslong side career defending police misconduct

This story was reported by the Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Invisible Institute and Salt Lake City Weekly Ken Wallentine is one of Utah policing’s most high-profile figures. He frequently gives testimony to legislative committees considering bills affecting the criminal justice system, and served as president of the Utah Chiefs of Police...

Police departments in Salt Lake County spent almost $20 million on civil rights complaints in the past decade 
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Police departments in Salt Lake County spent almost $20 million on civil rights complaints in the past decade 

By Eric S. Peterson, Erin Alberty and Kim Bojórquez The following was reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project and Axios Salt Lake City, in partnership with Salt Lake City Weekly. Adrian Govan had just stepped out of his grandmother’s house on Memorial Day 2015, when he saw the Salt Lake City Police patrol car...

Worker shortage puts Utah’s prison in ‘crisis’
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Worker shortage puts Utah’s prison in ‘crisis’

The following story was reported and written by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah’s $1.04 billion new prison was supposed to be the start of a revolution in how the state deals with incarcerated felons — with a laserlike focus on safety and rehabilitation. Instead, it’s being run...

A year after Jan.6 protests, Utah law enforcement is still trying to navigate armed protests
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A year after Jan.6 protests, Utah law enforcement is still trying to navigate armed protests

The following story was supported by The Fund for Investigative Journalism and was reported by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Deseret News. On Jan. 17, 2021, the Utah Capitol was ready for anything. A little over a week after the tumult of the insurrection at the nation’s...

Operation Underground Railroad exaggerated role in child exploitation investigations
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Operation Underground Railroad exaggerated role in child exploitation investigations

The following story was reported by Taylor Hartman for The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake City Weekly, The Standard Examiner, The Park Record and The Daily Herald. It’s been a year since news broke that Operation Underground Railroad, a Utah based anti-trafficking nonprofit that has gained international prominence, was under...

A year after mass demonstrations sparked by George Floyd murder, protesters see double standard in prosecutions
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A year after mass demonstrations sparked by George Floyd murder, protesters see double standard in prosecutions

The following story was supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and was reported by Eric S. Peterson of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Ty Bellamy is hoarse — not surprising given the amount of time she spends in Utah streets rallying for police reform....

Lawsuit alleges feud-inspired conspiracy by Garfield County sheriff
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Lawsuit alleges feud-inspired conspiracy by Garfield County sheriff

The following story was reported by Eric S. Peterson with The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Escalante business owners Stephen and Jeanne Seymour have had to deal with a problem many American families have wrestled with: a child struggling with drug addiction. Their son’s on-the-job misconduct forced the Seymours...