On Saturday night, 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City police. Mohamed had been holding a broomstick while involved in an argument. Police ran up behind him, guns already drawn, and after giving one warning to “drop it”, they immediately shot him four times. He was taken to the hospital following the shooting. The event sparked protests from the community, as hundreds took to the streets. The protests were quickly met with repression from nearly 100 police officers in riot gear.
Students for a Democratic Society condemns the racist police terror carried out by these officers against yet another unarmed black teen. We also condemn the state repression of community protests. We stand in solidarity with Mohamed and all victims of police brutality.
Utah Against Police Brutality is holding an emergency rally tomorrow night at 6PM at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City. Students for a Democratic Society at University of Utah will be participating in the rally and encourages all other national chapters to hold solidarity events.