Reader Op-Ed: SLCO GOP Ghastly Offensive Politicizing

Michael, Mike, Iverson, utah
Michael Iverson

On Sunday, Salt Lake County Republican Chairman Chad Bennion made a grand stand against transparency, sensitivity, and public safety. Faced with the tragic death of a young woman, the solemn commission of a dedicated civil servant, and the uncertain futures of two young officers of the law, Bennion took the low road and seized the opportunity to make a political grab at the expense of common civility.

“It might be simply that Sim is a cop hater,” Bennion said, referring to District Attorney Sim Gill’s strong record of investigating accusations of police misconduct, a specific charge of his elected office. Not content with this outrageous epithet, or a questionable reference to Gill’s Indian upbringing, he went on to say that this unfortunate situation may provide an opportunity for the GOP to win back control of the countywide office.

Bennion’s comments aren’t only offensive, they’re frightening. By questioning Gill’s ability to serve due to his ethical integrity and respect for procedure, Bennion reveals his ideal vision of county administration; Republican-controlled at any cost, and an environment where asking questions is taboo.

At what point will Chad Bennion and the GOP ever prioritize good governance over political dominance?

Michael Iverson
Young Democrats of Utah
Communications Director
Salt Lake City

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2 Replies to “Reader Op-Ed: SLCO GOP Ghastly Offensive Politicizing

  1. Chad Bennion’s claims are without substance. So, if Sim Gill doesn’t always find in favor of law enforcement he’s a cop-hater who was tainted by his upbrining in India? Where is Bennion’s analysis of Gill’s flawed conclusion?

    I like how Gill handled it, saying that he would always do his job according to his professional view and that he was elected by the people of Salt Lake County. He went on to say that the voters would elect someone else if his work is unsatisfactory.

  2. I don’t know Sim Gill, but I spent a few years working with his dad. His father is a good man. I know many of the leaders of the Sikh temple in Utah.

    I think Chad Bennion is badly referring to what Sim himself has said, but not doing a great job of doing it, or the press is not connecting the dots.

    http://voicesofutah.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/from-india-to-district-attorney-sim-gill-fights-for-salt-lake-county/

    (from that account)
    Gill, 52, spoke in a faint Indian accent of a formative moment from his youth, to a classroom of 13 students recently at the University of Utah. At the age of “eight or nine” in his native India, Gill said, he witnessed the brutal beating of a man accused of stealing jewelry from a neighbor’s home, and in the end, the beating of an innocent man.

    “That left a very strong impression on me,” Gill said, “that when you have that authority, when you have that power, when you have that capacity to alter and impact people’s lives, you have to really use that with a great level of deference and responsibility.”

    I believe Utah has seen a large problem from Ogden to other places in the state of an abuse of power by a few members of the police, based on the 4th amendment and state law. I have no problem with Sim Gill calling them on it.

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