Protesters to demand Utah officer be fired after pulling a gun on a black child

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jerri Hrubes and her 10-year-old son D.J., at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Friday June 7, 2019 regarding an incident yesterday between an armed Woods Cross police officer and D.J.

Wood Cross, Utah • Activists are planning to protest outside a police agency’s headquarters in northern Utah after learning an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child will continue to work.

Black Lives Matter in Utah founder Lex Scott said Thursday they will hold a protest Friday night to demand the officer be fired.

Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe said Monday that they are not looking to terminate the unidentified officer.

Jerri Hrubes said a white Woods Cross police officer pulled his gun on her son, DJ Hrubes, who is black, while he was playing outside on June 6.

Soffe said the officer used good judgment and mistook the boy for a potential suspect during a pursuit of armed suspects.

Hrubes said the officer apologized but she still wants the agency held accountable.

Scott said her group is filing a complaint with the FBI’s civil rights division.

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