The organizers and participants in the protest march and rally held two weeks ago in Tooele City are commended for keeping their events safe and lawful. Some local residents and businesses were concerned that even the best intentions of the organizers might be thwarted after seeing violence on television in connection with protests in other communities. Some feared that outsiders might show up and not be as peaceful as local organizers requested. Fears for safety of both the community and the protesters themselves were also heightened by heated posts on social media. There was a dialogue between the organizers and city officials. The protesters and Tooele City both took steps to assure safety. People may disagree with the protest in Tooele’s message, but the participants were able to exercise their First amendment right to free speech and to peaceably assemble.
At the same time that we express appreciation to those involved in the protest for maintaining peace, it would be reticent to not express appreciation for our several local law enforcement agencies and officers that serve the communities of Tooele County for the service they render daily. By and large they have served our communities and people well over the years. Their tireless efforts and professional service have not gone unnoticed.