Utah Capital remained safe on Sunday.
If not for the police and caution tape wrapped around the building, and for the small group of armed protesters, it could be any other unusually hot Sunday afternoon in January.
As Howard Medrano, a tourist who happened to be on display, said, “It’s a beautiful day to hold a protest, but I think we’re just a beautiful day without any protest – and that’s a good thing.” is.”
“Are you ready enough for this situation?” Shouted through a megaphone in a Utah Highway Patrol detachment.
“Today’s protest was peaceful and law-abiding, certainly the preferred outcome, and we hope it will stay the week ahead,” Governor Napier-Pearce, spokesman for the governor’s office, said Sunday. “The presence of the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah National Guard ensured the safety of our Capitol, and we are grateful for their service.”
Cox tweeted that Sunday’s result was “our best case since many agitating groups canceled their plans and those who came were peaceful.”
Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Nick Street said that even though this protest turned into “anything”, a large police and military presence was significant.
He said police were aware of planned protests from social media posts on “fringe” sites in the days following the January 6 attack, but most were shut down during Sunday’s protests.
“We can’t take it seriously,” he said. “We just couldn’t. If we hadn’t done that, we would have been ‘smashed’. Every state was being carried out by Utah.”
Street said officers are likely to have law enforcement officers patrol the Capitol, which remains closed in the coming days. However, there will be some increased security, as the Utah Legislature begins its annual session on Tuesday.
Street said the extra heavy measures recently taken were due to a “specific day in our calendar”, which was Sunday.
The rally remained peaceful for the entire three hours, standing on the Boogelos Capitol Ground, constantly telling police and soldiers versions, “This whole thing is a joke.”
He meant the presence of the police and the media, but for Boogolo, who protested on Sunday, even his organization was a joke, born of an internet meme that, he said, became real because people called it Considered in the same way.
One indicated that advocated against qualified immunity and police unions. Other apologies have been made to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Ross William Ulbricht, now the creators of the deflated Darknet marketplace Silk Road.
At the end of the protest, a woman placed a boombox above her head and played the song “FDT” (meaning F — Donald Trump) by YG and Nipsy Hustle on repeat. Boogaloos responded by announcing again, that they were not supporters of the president.
“Can you please change this to ‘F — tha police’ by NWA?” Boogaloo asked a megaphone.
An onlooker, who identified himself only as Colin, leapt onto the grass with his family and dogs and said that it was him who was protesting, seen by dozens of reporters wandering the Capitol Ground.
“They are attention-seekers,” he said.
When Shiale Pooyer and her husband arrived at the field with their two girls and a dog on a family scavenger hunt, they hesitated to come close to the steps to the south.
“I didn’t really want to step on the property,” she said, “especially with children.”
But, ultimately, she thought it would be a good lesson for her children that groups of people have different beliefs and could have room to share them peacefully.
The girls made their way south, a few feet from the yellow police line, took a picture and left near a beehive sculpture for the scavenger hunt.
About an hour later, Boogaloos also left.