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.
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.
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