A Problem in Salt Lake City

In October 2018, student athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed by a registered sex offender on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. After McCluskey’s death, stories came out about the alleged mistreatment of students and police officers by the university’s police department. Police Chief Dale Brophy eventually left.

Recently the Salt Lake Tribune conducted an independent investigation into procedures for investigating sexual assault at the University of Utah. You can read about the investigation at this link:  https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2019/11/03/how-university-utahs

Some of the problems could be seen in police reports, which showed there were delays in contacting victims and incomplete investigations.

Officers and students have testified about “blame the victim” interviews by officers and a culture in the police department that demeaned women.

The University has been searching for new public safety leadership.


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