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SLCPD police chief says officers 'acted with great restraint' during Inland Port protest

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After a protest against the Inland Port Authority turned violent Tuesday, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown says he's "very proud of the job" his officer's "did." (Photo courtesy of Civic Riot)

After activists questioned the actions of police officers during the violent Inland Port Authority protest Tuesday, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown says he's "very proud of the job" his officer's "did."

Their actions were to prevent people from being assaulted, obstruction of property and to protect themselves.

Six officers were hurt during the protest. Brown says they were spit on, hit and had items thrown at them.

A 2News photographer was also attacked.

Newly released body camera footage shows police telling protesters to leave the Chamber of Commerce or face arrest. More than 100 hours worth of video is being sifted through.

From what I’ve seen, [the officers] acted with great restraint.

Police are still searching for one missing body camera that may have been stolen. Officers reported several protesters were ripping off their body cameras.

Protesters blamed police for the violence during a press conference Thursday, saying it was the police who escalated the situation.

Brown says he hopes the protesters will approach police beforehand, so things don’t get out of control.