SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Two families are joining together to protest on the steps of Utah’s State Capitol in an effort to change police policy regarding deadly force.
Marlene Pikyavit had no idea when she called police on October 15th, 2012 that hours later her son would be dead.
"It's been very hard for me,” said Pikyavit.
35-year-old Corey Kanosh was shot and killed by a Millard County Sheriff's deputy after he ran from police. The department claims Kanosh came after the deputy and during a struggle the officer was forced to fire.
Kanosh’s sister Marlena Kanosh said, "There were things they could have done different to prevent the death of our loved ones."
Kanosh was unarmed and his family believes the officer could have taken other steps to capture him rather than kill him.
"The report of course has come out to be justified,” explained Kanosh. “They have not said anything more they said it was justified."
That's more of an answer than the family of Danielle Willard has received. Danielle was shot and killed by a West Valley City police officer on November 2nd. More than four months later, the investigation is still open.
Danielle’s mother, Melissa Kennedy told ABC 4 News, "We have police officers here that are taking their time and making sure everything is alright and they're t's are crossed and their i's are dotted and yet here we are waiting, and waiting and waiting for information."
Like Corey Kanosh, Danielle Willard was unarmed when she was shot and killed. That's why their families joining together to raise awareness about the increase they see as unjustified shootings by police.
"We feel there has been a big injustice to our families where our loved ones have been taken away from us,” said Kanosh.
They're hoping lawmakers will hear their pleas and change policy that allows officers to fire on unarmed people - that way other families won't have to live with the same grief.
"I just wish it hadn't turned out the way it did,” said Pikyavit.
The protest will be held Monday from 10am to noon on the south steps of the state capitol.