SALT LAKE CITY — A newly launched video exhibits a Democratic Utah Home leader and a Republican state senator shoving each other in what appears to be a heated discussion in a Senate constructing hallway.
Both Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, and House Minority Chief Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, stated the footage would corroborate their disparate accounts of the Oct. 3 altercation on the state Capitol. Thatcher lodged a felony grievance towards King.
The Salt Lake County District Lawyer’s Office launched the video in response to a request underneath the state Government Data Entry and Administration Act.
Citing a conflict of interest with King and Thatcher, Salt Lake County Lawyer Sim Gill sent the case to a South Jordan prosecutor. However Gill, a Democrat, stated Wednesday a conflict there returned it to his office for the moment. He stated he’s making an attempt to “see if we will get a neutral assessment structurally for them each.”
Within the 42-second video clip, King is proven strolling down a corridor away from the surveillance digital camera when Thatcher comes from one other hallway and places his hand on King’s shoulder.
King places his arms slightly below Thatcher’s armpits and shoves him towards a wall. Thatcher braces himself with one foot towards the wall and pushes back. The 2 men stand nose to nose with King pointing his finger at Thatcher’s chest but doesn’t appear to make contact. Thatcher places an arm up twice as King apparently lectures him for a number of seconds and walks away.
Others in the hallway appear oblivious to the confrontation, including a Utah Highway Patrol trooper who glances at the two males down the hall as he passes by.
King admits he made contact with Thatcher, however not in the manner Thatcher has described. He stated he didn’t touch Thatcher after the initial push.
Thatcher described the incident as a “vicious” and “violent” assault. He referred to as it a “full-on wrestle transfer.” He stated had he not put his foot towards the wall, King would have slammed him into it.
In a press release to the UHP, which offers security on the Capitol, King wrote that he was irritated a number of days earlier when Thatcher “angrily” needed to know why he wasn’t supporting his re-election campaign. He stated it bothered him and he let Thatcher realize it through the incident in the hallway.
“I informed him he didn’t have a clue what it was wish to be within the superminority and he needed to cease appearing like I owed him or another Republican my help,” he stated.
Republicans personal a supermajority in both the Utah Home and Senate.
King, who was re-elected as Home minority leader on Tuesday, stated he apologized to Thatcher verbally and in textual content messages shortly after the incident, however that Thatcher won’t accept his apology.
Thatcher lodged a grievance with the state’s human assets division but stated he was informed it was “powerless” to cope with the state of affairs…