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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Statement of U.S. Attorney John W. Huber

“The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) model is exactly the right tool as we investigate potential violations of federal law during the riots in Salt Lake City this weekend, or any similar uprisings in the future. The JTTF brings together highly trained investigators from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  These are already strong relationships in Utah, with a proven track record.  It makes sense to take advantage of these relationships and this expertise already in place.

“We recognize and support the rights we all enjoy to peacefully demonstrate, protest and advocate for our beliefs. These are some of the most important rights we have as Americans.

“However, we have zero tolerance for those who hijack peaceful protests to violate federal law.  In particular, our eyes are on those who use fire and arson to destroy property and any who may have traveled to Utah from out of state to riot in Salt Lake City.  We will hold accountable those who violate federal law.”

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(U.S. Attorney Huber’s statement follows a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice Sunday morning saying that “to identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).”  There is a regional JTTF in Salt Lake City.)

 

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Updated May 31, 2020