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Two women charged with throwing rocks at Matheson Courthouse during Salt Lake City protest

Prosecutors charged two women Tuesday in connection with property damage at the Matheson Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City during a protest decrying racism and police brutality late last month.

Emilie Marie Smith, 22, of Sandy, and Lauren Elizabeth Hambrick, 24, of Salt Lake City, each face one charge of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, for allegedly throwing rocks at a panel of glass at the courthouse around midnight May 30. They ran from the scene but were later apprehended and identified in surveillance footage, according to a probable cause statement.

Court documents identify the amount of damage to the glass at just under $3,900.

Those criminal charges, filed Tuesday in 3rd District Court, are the latest in a string of judicial proceedings that have begun against demonstrators in recent days. On Monday, prosecutors charged three people accused of flipping a Salt Lake City patrol car that was then set on fire. Before that, two people were charged in federal court with flipping the car and setting it on fire, and one person who’s accused only of helping turn the vehicle over was charged in Utah District Court.

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