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Man accused of causing traumatic brain injury to police officer during Salt Lake riot

Police maintain a line as they move to end protests over the death of George Floyd, in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Daylong protests moved across the city Saturday after a peaceful demonstration against police brutality turned violent.
Police maintain a line as they move to end protests over the death of George Floyd, in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Daylong protests moved across the city after a peaceful demonstration against police brutality turned violent.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have arrested a man accused of inflicting a traumatic brain injury on a Salt Lake police officer during a downtown riot on May 30.

Jakob Carter Nacey, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of assault on a police officer and rioting.

According to a police affidavit, as officers were trying to disperse the crowd, a Salt Lake police officer was hit in the head with a piece of a car door. Two vehicles were overturned and set on fire that night, including a police patrol car.

Police say the officer was hit by a metal object taken from the car of a man whose vehicle was overturned by protesters after he allegedly pointed a bow and arrow at them.

“The officer that was struck with this item had to be transported to the hospital and is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury as of this writing,” the affidavit states.

Nacey was later identified as the person who threw that object. Police say the officer has not yet returned to full duty.

Jakob Carter Nacey, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, for allegedly assaulting a police officer that let him with a traumatic brain injury during the Salt Lake City riot on May 30.
Jakob Carter Nacey, 19, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, for allegedly assaulting a police officer that let him with a traumatic brain injury during the Salt Lake City riot on May 30.
Salt Lake County Jail