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KSL Investigates: Crisis Intervention Team Training Among Police

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL investigators have spent six months looking into the process of training officers to deal with mental health calls. It’s an issue that’s top of mind after authorities released body cam footage of an officer-involved critical incident that led to a 13-year-old boy with autism being shot by police. KSL Investigates polled more than 50 law enforcement agencies in Utah’s five largest counties to see how many have completed the initial training for the Crisis Intervention Team – or CIT. The statewide numbers for those agencies are barely half. One Salt Lake City family knows firsthand the heartbreak, and they understand just how complex those calls can be. Carson Smith, also known as “Man-Cub,” is a 22-year-old man who has autism. “I call him 9...
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KSL Investigates: Does Armed Protest Have A Chilling Effect On Free Speech?

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A summer of protests highlighting the First Amendment’s protection of free speech has culminated in a movement highlighting the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to bear arms. Members of Utah Citizens’ United have begun showing up at protests against police brutality carrying semi-automatic rifles. Critics said that has a chilling effect on the freedom of speech. So what happens when those two constitutionally protected rights seem to conflict with one another? As the KSL Investigators learned, legal precedent has some catching up to do. What is Utah Citizens’ Alarm? Provo native Casey Robertson formed Utah Citizens’ Alarm after a protest in his hometown on June 29 ended in a shooting when a protester opened fire at a driver whose vehicle was being block...
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KSL Investigates If Utah Schools Are Doing Enough to Vent The Virus

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — Back-to-school guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a lot about more frequent sanitization, face coverings and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But those guidelines say very little about a potential superspreader in schools and classrooms: proper air filtration and ventilation. Study after study suggested social distancing will do no good in a school where proper air filtration and circulation are ignored. Meaning, when fresh air increases, COVID-19 transmission decreases. The CDC’s school guidelines only recommend that ventilation systems “operate properly” and that administrators “increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors.” However, the C...
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COVID-19 & Cleaning: How Utah’s Largest District Plans To Sanitize For Back To School

AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Both parents and teachers have said more frequent sanitizing of high-contact areas is their number one desire for the new school year. But what exactly will that look like? For Utah’s largest school district, it will include hourly disinfection procedures and an investment in a lot of hand sanitizer and additional custodial supplies. The Cost Of Safety The Alpine School District received about $6 million in federal CARES Act funding, which it is using to cover the direct costs associated with COVID-19, namely personal protective equipment supplies and other requirements to ensure student health and safety. Reopening campuses for in-person instruction amid the coronavirus could cost the district over $24 million in additional expenses for the 20...
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Davis County Receiving Center Provides Possible Solution To Critical Emergency Response Gaps

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — About one in five Utahns suffer from poor mental health, according to the Gardner Policy Institute. Many end up either in jail or overwhelmed with health care costs. A pilot program is hoping to change that, by providing desperately needed resources for those in crisis. The KSL Investigators exposed critical gaps in law enforcement training when responding to calls for a mental health crisis. A new facility now gives law enforcement another tool to help those in need. The Davis County Receiving Center The Davis County Receiving Center, the first program of its kind in Utah, opened in December.“Those are basically mental health emergency rooms where somebody can go. They’re no refusal. Law enforcement could drop people off who are having an issue,...
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Critical Gaps In Law Enforcement Training Leaves Utahns With Mental Illness At Risk

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Utah law enforcement officers have access to specialized training to learn how to help people with mental illness who are experiencing a crisis. But the KSL Investigators found only 51 percent of officers in the state’s largest five counties have ever received the necessary training, leaving a vulnerable population at risk. The need for specialized training became clear in a case that made headlines a decade ago. Eleven Years Later, Lessons Learned? Brian Cardall, a 32-year-old father, scientist and self-taught musician lost his life on the side of a Utah highway on June 9, 2009, while suffering a psychotic episode. Brian Cardall “He was just an extraordinary, extraordinary man. But with those many, many gifts and a mind that was going a mile ...