The loss of University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey is devastating. And the response by University of Utah police is disheartening.

It was reported in The Salt Lake Tribune that Dale Brophy, U. of U. police chief, said that his officers did not believe they had enough evidence to share with other law enforcement officers. But what would have been the harm in sharing the evidence they did have? Is it possible that one call to Salt Lake City police or other law enforcement officers could have saved Lauren’s life?

From the articles, interviews and timelines I have read, it seems the answer to that question is yes. From Lauren’s perspective, and her family’s perspective, there was plenty of evidence to share.

Thank you to University President Ruth Watkins for asking for an independent review of police department protocol.

Amy Reeder, Salt Lake City