RadioActive: October 19, 2017

  • October 19, 2017
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DA Sim Gill, Street Tai Chi, Poet's View, SACNAS, Illuminate Salt Lake

Hosted by Billy Palmer and Lara Jones, tonight's show featured;

  • Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, answering questions about a new policy governing the release of officer body-cam video within 10 days of a critical incident. He also walked us through the legal points of his most recent decision to clear a Salt Lake City Police officer in the shooting death of Patrick Harmon.

    • Gill hosts open office hours each Friday. If you would like to meet with him, contact Deana Stith at 385-468-7685 or dstith@slco.org to schedule an appointment.

  • Reflections on #OperationRioGrande with:

    • Bernie and Marita Hart of Understanding Us, the non-profit that started Street Tai Chi Saturday mornings at The City Library. They are concerned that homeless individuals, including some who take their class, are caught between trying to get services and being picked up for warrants. 

    • Ryan "Poet" Parker, who works as a client advocate for homeless individuals, said he has seen law enforcement's zero tolerance approach turn otherwise benign acts into cases for arrest. For example, jaywalking or smoking within 25 feet of a door. Once ID is checked and warrants found, the person goes to jail.

  • A group of tech folks talked about their work, including:

    • Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native American in Science (SACNAS), the oldest and largest STEM diversity organization in the country. This Thursday through Saturday, SACNAS will host its 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Guests included: 

      • Reuben Reyan Cano, a pre-med student and undergraduate researcher in the Department of Pathology at University of Utah, Main Campus, who was born and raised in Utah and participated this past summer in an undergraduate research program at Johns Hopkins University. Click here for info about the UoU SACNAS chapter.

      • Christopher Rufus Sweeny (BYU), BA in Science in Public Health at BYU whose decision to pursue a career in STEM resulted from a nearly-deadly misdiagnosis at a Native American clinic when he was 15 years old. Sweeney is also an intern at the University of Utah's Native American Research Internship Program (NARI) program.

    • Illuminate Salt Lake, which blends the arts and technology, is set for Nov, 10-11 at The Gateway in SLC. Organizer Derek Dyer and artist Peter Nielsen explained the first of its kind Projection Art & Technology festival.