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Statement Of U.S. Attorney John W. Huber To Leaders, Members Of Utah Faith Communities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – John W. Huber, United States Attorney in Utah, shared the following statement with leaders of Utah’s faith communities Friday afternoon:

“In the wake of the horrific and senseless act of violence that took place in Pittsburgh, I echo the words of our United States Attorney General that hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society. As the chief federal law enforcement official in the State of Utah, I promise you that I will bring the full weight of the federal government to bear against anyone who would attempt to violate the most fundamental civil right in our country, the right of citizens to practice a religion of their choosing.

“In addition to that promise, I would be honored to assist you, along with our law enforcement partners, in any proactive planning or discussions regarding the safety of your faith-related buildings and the congregants who assemble inside of them. We would be happy to help provide safety training for your congregations or to assist you in obtaining safety related assessments of your infrastructure from our partners at the FBI and DHS. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of these cost-free assessments or trainings, please contact my deputy Andy Choate, at

 “Thank you for all that you do for our communities and for your help in ensuring that Utah remains a place where everyone feels safe to worship as they choose.”  



Updated November 2, 2018

Civil Rights