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Published: Wednesday, July 27 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"it was the smoothest arrest of 26 individuals that I have ever seen." I submit this for the best quote made by a police chief ever

Farmington, UT

It's a good thing they didn't go onto the street on bikes. Cars would have hit them for sure...

Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds as though it wasn't really a protest but rather a spontaneous pep rally by older folks with police cooperation.

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

So they interrupted trax because a criminal got punished for breaking the law? That makes perfect sense.

Danish American
Payson, UT

Where is the outrage from the citizens of Utah. These mineral leases pay money to the School Trust Funds. These protestors need to put their money where their mouths are and pony up what they have cost the state in lost school funds.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

This is a heartwarming story because it's really a win-win for everybody.

The protesters - mostly unemployed college dropouts - get to go to jail and enjoy a cleaner bed than they're used to and a few square meals, all paid for by someone else. That right there is living the liberal dream. So the protesters win.

On the other side, the rational people in society get 26 hippies off the street for a night or two. So the people win.

I love a happy ending...

Salt Lake City, UT

It's nice when civil disobedience is met with...

civil discourse.

No riots, no violence, it even strikes me that no one even raised their voice. From either side.

We could learn a lot from this.

The only thing I would add is not not put yourself in harms way. i.e. I heard the train came close to hitting someone. I'm sure that would not be the intent of the driver, and would mar the very composed protest, and response from our citizens and officers.

Salt Lake City, UT

I can't help but wonder how these protesters got from their homes to the courthouse that afternoon. Did they walk?

lehi, ut

The way I see it, this was a perfect example of what America stands for. I don't agree with their position, but that is the beauty of the whole situation, they were able to express their opinion peacefully. I look at this and compare it to what has happened in the middle east recently. It makes me proud to be an American, living in a place where we all can voice whatever opinion we want without violence.

Tremonton, UT

So many suggest that this is the way America is supposed to work. Peaceful protests. While I also am happy to hear that the safety of our law enforcement officers was never at risk from these protesters, and also that the protesters were not physically abused by those that could have momentarily forgotten their duty, this still was not without impact to others.

What about those passengers on the TRAX, who had nothing to do with the protesters or the court system who executed the sentece. But they were still forced to "participate", unwillingly being delayed from wherever they were going. Many may even been on a tight schedule. I know I would have been very frustrated with these selfish little childern trying to be something.

Salt Lake City, UT

'What about those passengers on the TRAX, who had nothing to do with the protesters or the court system who executed the sentece. But they were still forced to "participate", unwillingly being delayed from wherever they were going.' - BH | 11:10 a.m. July 28, 2011

BH, I WAS one of those passengers. :) Going from the UofU hosptial to downtown. Typically the trip takes around 45mins. Not a problem, considering the traffic.

The prostesters cost me about...an extra hour.

While I can understand someone being fustrated at being delayed an hour, and I admit many of us would like others to respect our scheduale...

I would have rather waited that hour, and more, than anyone be hurt.

Farmington, UT

The minute the protesters became disruptive to hundreds of others, I lost respect for their attempt to garner attention. These kinds of disruptions of unnecessary, and dangerous!

Ogden, UT

This demonstration didn't have proper permits and should have been shut down quickly. They were causing a public nuisance and should not have been allowed to stay on the streets. But instead of dealing with the problem, the police ignored the situation and was complicit in helping the protest to continue.

The people should recognize where their police chief stands on these issues and should vote accordingly. He should be removed from office in the next election.

It shouldn't have taken 4 hours to arrest people that wanted to be arrested.

It is a good thing that there was no emergency where firemen or police needed to get through quickly. We should all be outraged that it took the police so long to get the mess cleaned up.

The protesters should have gotten permits, and kept it to the sidewalks. As soon as they went onto the streets, they went too far!

lehi, ut


As far as I understand the situation, that is when the police did step in, when they went out into the street. I think they handled it very well, like I said before I don't agree with what they are standing for, but they were able to get their point across without anyone getting hurt, and when they did become a public nusance they were taken to jail.

West Valley City, Utah

A police chief who describes law-breaking as "people who came here to make their point"? So if that's how he sees it then who is supposed to protect us from people blocking roads and trax trains?

Danish American
Payson, UT

@WestGranger: This police chief feels the same way out illegal immigrants. They are only here to make a point and certainly none of them would have broken any laws.

Kearns, UT

Burbank's job is to avoid "inconvenience to the public" from happening and to protect public safety. They should have rounded them up and hauled all of them off when it started. By letting it go on they could have really had the confrontation that they were trying to avoid. Burbank will get cudo's from his liberal buddies for his tolerance, but he should think of the public at large and the dangers to the public at large a protest such as this can potentially cause.

salt lake city, utah

WestGranger @ 12:45

You have to understand that Chief Burbank is one of the new "progressive" cops. He was, after all, the guy who acutally said "enforcing the law increases crime".


I agree, the police chief blew this one and we voters need to remember it. He should've respected those folks on TRAX who actually have jobs, contribute to society in a positive way, and put these lawbreakers away quickly. If the police chief thinks this is how to make a point he's just opened a huge can of worms. His precedent has been set, he is no longer a viable law enforcer and should be suspended for his inability to enforce the law. And shame on the DNews for making this love-in seem like a good thing when it was far from it.

gb says

Brave Sir Robin and the 14 readers who recommended his comment:


Informed opinion requires that first you are informed. The DN article that you are commenting on says:

"When they arrived at the jail, seven of the 26 protesters chose to accept a citation instead of being booked. The rest spent a few hours in jail, but all were released by 11 p.m. that night."

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