Local Journalism Initiative

When Police Shoot

Police across Utah shot at 30 people two years ago. And then in 2020, the state tied that record. With no government entity collecting such data, The Salt Lake Tribune will expand its own data gathering on police shootings.

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Utah Police Shootings Often Involve a Person in a Mental Health Crisis. Here is How Law Enforcement and Advocates Respond.
A new Salt Lake Tribune data analysis shows that at least 42% of police shootings in the past decade involve a person in crisis or who is suicidal.
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 29, 2021
The ‘21-Foot Rule’: How a Controversial Training for Police is Used to Justify Shootings
The 21-foot rule is taught to police across the U.S. and officers use it to explain why they shot at someone. But it's not based on science or the law. And some national policing leaders argue it shouldn’t be taught to cadets anymore.
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 6, 2021
A Rare Look Inside Police Training in Utah
How might police training impact whom, when and why officers shoot? Watch an excerpt from the new FRONTLINE/Salt Lake Tribune documentary “Shots Fired.”
November 23, 2021
Is the Fear Factor Overblown in Police Shootings?
Utah’s police training has been questioned for focusing on worst-case scenarios.
The Salt Lake Tribune
November 22, 2021
New Documentary, ‘Shots Fired,’ Investigates Police Shootings in Utah
With police shootings in Utah reaching record highs amid a nationwide debate over police accountability, FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune present "Shots Fired": the first nationally broadcast documentary stemming from FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative
November 18, 2021
Shots Fired
Amid record police shootings in Utah, FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune investigate the use of deadly force in the state.
November 23, 2021
Shooting Not to Kill. This Utah Case Fuels a Debate That Frustrates Police.
If there’s nothing barring officers from shooting someone in the leg or arm, it raises a question many civilians wonder about: Why don’t officers, if possible, shoot a suspect there, instead of in the chest or head? It’s a question that frustrates and annoys many in law enforcement.
The Salt Lake Tribune
October 18, 2021
What Utah Police Can Do to Reduce the Times They Shoot at Minorities
A decade of data clearly shows police in Utah disproportionately shoot at racial and ethnic minorities. What isn’t so clear is what to do about it.
The Salt Lake Tribune
September 22, 2021
New Data on Utah Police Shootings and Race Called ‘Extremely Uncomfortable,’ ‘Disappointing’
Racial and ethnic minorities account for a third of the people shot at by Utah police over the past decade — despite these groups making up just a quarter of the population.
The Salt Lake Tribune
September 20, 2021
Why Utah Police Can Be Forced to Explain a Shooting and How Those Interviews Can Become Public
Police chiefs can force officers to talk after a police shooting, and those interviews — while they can’t be used in criminal proceedings against officers — may become public.
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 6, 2021
Utah Couple Say Internal Police Interview Contradicts Cottonwood Heights on Shooting Death of Son
The new revelations are part of the family’s civil suit. But prosecutors can’t use the information in a criminal investigation.
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 5, 2021
A Utah Prosecutor Says New Self-Defense Law Makes It Harder to Charge Problematic Police Officers
Reacting to calls for police reform, some states have made it easier for prosecutors to criminally charge officers accused of using deadly force when they shouldn’t have. Utah, on the other hand, made it harder.
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 2, 2021