Teen Facing a Year in Jail After Stomping on ‘Back the Blue’ Sign

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Teen Facing a Year in Jail After Stomping on ‘Back the Blue’ Sign

It’s unclear if the enhancement bumps up the charge to an actual hate crime under Utah law or changes the seriousness of the charge. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office told VICE News Monday that the woman has since been released from jail. When asked for further comment about the charges, the sheriff’s office forwarded questions to the Garfield County Attorney’s Office, which did not immediately respond. In accordance with Utah’s hate crime law any crime committed “with the intent to intimidate or terrorize another person” has their crime elevated to a more severe offense. In 2019, the Utah state senate passed legislation adding law enforcement to the list of groups who can be targeted by hate crimes.

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