Officer on administrative leave after questions arise over use of force during Salt Lake City riots

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FILE – In this Saturday, May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters look at a burned police vehicle in Salt Lake City. A Salt Lake City man accused of setting fire to an empty police car during protests over the death of George Floyd was charged in federal court Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Investigators studied video footage to find Jackson Stuart Tamowski Patton, 26, who is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A police officer has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted into his use of force during riots in Salt Lake City.

The Ogden Police Department was made aware that the Salt Lake City Police Department was attempting to identify an officer involved in discharging a bean bag round during the Salt Lake City protest on Saturday.

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Police said the incident had been captured on a cell phone camera and a doctored video was circulating on the internet. They added that the Salt Lake Tribune had picked up on the internet video and reported on the story.

Police said administrative staff members of the Ogden Police Department recognized the video as an incident that had already been reported by an Ogden officer when they returned from helping the Salt Lake police.

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The officer was placed on administrative leave while an Internal Affairs Investigation is conducted into the officer’s use of force. Police said this is standard practice in all use of force investigations.

The Ogden Chief of Police has reportedly contacted the Chief of Salt Lake City Police and taken responsibility for the officer and the investigation.

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