Utah police killings: Officer-involved homicides common, newspaper finds.

More People in Utah Are Killed by Police Than Die in Gang or Drug Violence

More People in Utah Are Killed by Police Than Die in Gang or Drug Violence

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Nov. 24 2014 4:06 PM

More People in Utah Are Killed by Police Than Die in Gang or Drug Violence

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The Utah state Capitol building in Salt Lake City.

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A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.
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Between 2010 and October of this year, the Tribune found, 45 people were killed by law enforcement officers in Utah. Officer-involved killings ranked as the second-deadliest category of homicide, trailing deaths perpetrated by spouses or partners but ahead of gang killings, drug killings, and deaths resulting from child abuse.

Only one of the police-involved killings—the shooting of 21-year-old Danielle Willard during an undercover drug operation in 2012—led to a prosecution, but a judge threw out charges against the officer involved in October.