SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Dozens of Utahans stormed the state capitol today asking for change after their loved ones were lost at the hands of police. They say deadly force wasn't justified, especially when their family members were found unarmed.
Scott Simmons said, "All these people are here because their family have been killed by police.”
Simmons daughter, Kelly Simmons was killed January 9th in Salt Lake City by police. She was a suspect in a restaurant robbery.
"She was driving down the street, they smashed into her with an unarmed police car and they said she was trying to escape so they shot her once in the upper right shoulder and once in the back of the head,” said Simmons.
Her killing was found justified, so was the shooting death of Corey Kanosh. He was shot and killed by a Millard County Sherriff’s deputy in October.
Marlena Kanosh, Corey’s sister, told ABC 4 News, "Just because our loved ones are criminals, or may have had criminal histories, it doesn't mean they need to be murdered or shot at."
These families say they would like more officer training, better pay for officers and independent investigations of officer involved shootings.
"I think the FBI needs to look into it, every single one,” explained Kanosh. “So it's not going to be bias and it's not going to be by Utah’s cronies and buddies and people who they hang out with."
An independent investigation may help Danielle Willard's family. It's been four months since the 21-year-old was shot and killed by a West Valley City police officer and still the family doesn't know why. The investigation is still open and police are staying tight lipped.
"My daughter, in my mind, was murdered,” said Melissa Kennedy. “My biggest question is who shot her? We don't know why they pulled the gun, why did they feel any kind of threat with her."
Danielle Willard, Corey Kanosh, and Kelly Simmons were all unarmed. Their families hope by coming together they change the policies regarding the use of deadly force.