South Jordan officer’s vehicle sprayed with ‘Black Lives Matter’ while parked at his home

A South Jordan Police car was vandalized as it sat in front of the officer's West Jordan residence. Photo: WJPD

WEST JORDAN, Utah, July 8, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A South Jordan police officer who parked his patrol car in the driveway of his West Jordan home July 3 found the next morning that it had been vandalized.

The message “Black lives matter” had been spray painted in red across the passenger side of the vehicle.

“We don’t have any suspect information,” West Jordan Police Sgt. J.C. Holt,  told Gephardt Daily. “There were no doorbell cams. If anybody has any information about the vandalism, we would like to talk to them.

“Paint jobs are not cheap. I would assume there’s more than $1,000 damage.”

Holt explained that West Jordan police were investigating the crime since it happened in their jurisdiction.

Holt said investigatores do not believe the group Black Lives Matter was behind the vandalism.

“There’s nothing to support that,” he said, adding that believed to be the work of someone who is more interested in the opportunity for vandalism.

“We don’t have specific information that ties it to anyone,” Holt said.

Holt said that although police cars and other vehicles were vandalized in downtown Salt Lake City on the first night of protests in May, he knows of no other police cars that were vandalized outside an officer’s home.

“It is a little bit concerning that this happened outside a residence,” he said.

Anyone who has information on the vandalism incident is asked to call 801-840-4000.


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