ST. GEORGE – In a statement released Tuesday, the Utah Department of Public Safety said law enforcement personnel followed proper procedure Monday when they executed warrants to search the homes of former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Shurtleff, however, is telling a different story.
The former attorney general said officers were abusive to his 20-year-old son and teenage daughter Monday when they entered his Sandy home with a search warrant.
An emotional Shurtleff spoke out Tuesday on KSL NewsRadio’s “The Doug Wright Show,” saying he is upset and angry at the “horrific police abuse” committed against his family. Speaking via telephone from Washington, D.C., Shurtleff said officers in full body armor charged into his home carrying handguns and automatic weapons, pointing the weapons at his children and screaming and banging on doors. He said they burst in on his 17-year-old daughter while she was using the bathroom and ordered her into the hallway.
“When she steps out, there’s four men in body armor with weapons pointed at her chest, screaming at her to get her arms in the air, telling her to shut up,” Shurtleff said on the air.
Former Attorney General Swallow told KUTV 2 News that while he expected a search warrant would be served on his home at some point, he was surprised that officers showed up unannounced.
Officials would not say specifically what they were looking for or what they took from the homes.
The statement released by the Department of Public Safety Tuesday maintains that all correct procedures were followed when the warrants were served.
“The warrant service went according to plan and without incident,” the statement said. “These situations are stressful for all parties involved. All subjects in the warrant service locations were compliant and cooperative. Law enforcement personnel acted in accordance to policy and utilized the minimum force necessary to execute the warrants and ensure officer safety in an unknown environment.”
The criminal investigation exploring misconduct allegedly perpetrated by Swallow and Shurtleff is ongoing. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, the Utah Department of Public Safety and the FBI are involved in the investigation.
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