(ETH) – The governor of Utah has declared a state of emergency in Salt Lake City following intense demonstrations that produced protesters squaring off against Salt Lake City police. According to a report from The Hill, Protesters flooded the streets after the Salt Lake County district attorney announced that the May police killing of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal was justified.

In a recent statement that was made by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, “In the case of the Salt Lake City Officer Involved Critical Incident that resulted in the death of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal, District Attorney Sim Gill’s findings provide significant evidence of the justifiable actions of Salt Lake City police officers,” Salt Lake City “This evidence shows that our officers acted according to their training and the state law regarding the use of lethal force.”

She went on further to say: “I know that for some, today’s decision does not feel like justice. It has become increasingly apparent in our city and across the nation that there is a difference between what so many feels is morally correct, and what is considered appropriate and justified under the law.”