SALT LAKE CITY — It was a small gesture.
As police lined up in riot gear, more than 1,000 protesters crowded onto the plaza in front of the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building and eventually began asking police to join them on their knees.
Salt Lake police officer Metui Tautuaa didn’t plan on taking a knee with the passionate crowd Monday night.
But when the group loudly chanted, “Kneel with us! Kneel with us!” he said he was moved to join them.
“They asked. They want to see us participating with them. I’ll give them what they want. As long as it makes them so they stay peaceful, so we don’t have to take any action, that’s what I want. I don’t want anybody being hurt today,” Tautuaa told the Deseret News.
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