Four more charged with rioting, vandalizing district attorney’s building

The front walk and other areas of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office building in Salt Lake City is covered in red paint on Friday, July 10, 2020. The building suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damage when protesters broke out at least three windows and spread red paint over large portions of the building and area in front of the structure on Thursday.

The front walk and other areas of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office building in Salt Lake City is covered in red paint on Friday, July 10, 2020. The building suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damage when protesters broke out at least three windows and spread red paint over large portions of the building and area in front of the structure on Thursday. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Four more people were charged Tuesday with rioting or vandalizing the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office shortly after a decision on the Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal shooting was announced.

Richard Lovell Davis, 31; Marvin Buck Oliveros, 39; and Madalena Rose McNeil, 28, of Salt Lake City, were each charged in 3rd District Court with criminal mischief, a first-degree felony, and rioting, a third-degree felony.

Hurija Mustafic, 26, of West Valley City, was charged with rioting, a third-degree felony, and two counts of assault on a police officer, a class A misdemeanor.

A total of eight people have now been charged in connection with rioting and causing more than $200,000 damage to the district attorney’s office building, 35 E. 500 South, on July 9, hours after District Attorney Sim Gill announced two Salt Lake police officers were legally justified in using deadly force against Palacios. Vandals broke windows and poured gallons of red paint over the entryway and street in front of the building, according to prosecutors.

Oliveros is the brother of Cody Belgard, who was shot and killed by Salt Lake police in 2018. His van was found parked in front of the district attorney’s building after the rioters were moved, and buckets of red paint, rollers and a ladder were found inside, according to charging documents. Police also reported finding a livestream post on social media from Oliveros stating the paint supplies were in his van and that they “will worry about that later.”

McNeil is accused of purchasing the paint from Home Depot and was allegedly seen on surveillance video loading it into Oliveros’ van. Later, after the protest was deemed by police to be an unlawful gathering and officers wearing riot gear moved in to clear the area, McNeil incited other protesters and appeared to “slam” into an officer who blocked her with his shield, the charges state.

Mustafic kicked an officer in the groin, stomach and legs and grabbed the officer’s baton and shield, according to charging documents, and then kicked a second officer.

Davis was identified as one of two men who used metal poles to shatter windows at the building, the charges state.

Pat Reavy

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