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Two transients jailed after bid to clear shelter sidewalks turns violent
First Published Jun 11 2014 10:35 am • Last Updated Jun 11 2014 11:29 am

Salt Lake City police say all they wanted to do was clear downtown sidewalks outside a homeless shelter so they could be cleaned.

What they got was a near riot that ended in a flood of officers rushing to the area of the Road Home shelter at 210 S. Rio Grande to defuse an angry crowd of transients about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Salt Lake City police Detective Cody Lougy said multiple fights broke out, but no serious injuries to transients or police were reported, as officers tried to move a crowd to make room for the cleaning work.

One 26-year-old man was arrested and booked into Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of failing to disperse at the order of a police officer and inciting a riot. A 24-year-old man was booked for assault.

"Multiple officers responded to quell the unruly crowd and restore order," Lougy said.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




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