Peaceful protests turned chaotic and violent on Tuesday after protesters against the contentious Inland Port proposal stormed the Chamber of Commerce Building in Salt Lake. Eight people were arrested and several police and members of the media were assaulted.
Utah County has not experienced such violent protests in recent memory, but that doesn't mean people have not exercised their right to protest in Utah Valley.
Here are seven times protests in Utah County have made major headlines.
— Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald
Dick Cheney speech at BYU
Dick Cheney was the primary speaker during the 2007 Brigham Young University commencement, much to the ire of many students who protested on campus.
NSA Data Center
Just west of Eagle Mountain is The National Security Agency data center, with exabytes of classified information. The data center, codenamed "Bumblehive" was completed in May 2014 costing $1.5 billion, though many openly voiced their anger about the center, including a handful of protesters.
Darrien Hunt was shot and killed in 2014 after allegedly lunging with a sword at a Saratoga Springs police officer. In the weeks that followed, many protests were organized, calling for the resignation of the police officers involved in the shooting.
Prison near Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs
In late 2014, the Prison Relocation Commission floated the idea of relocating the state prison to a site near Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain. Citizens were not happy with that, and exercised their First Amendment rights to show that. The new prison site is a few miles west of the Salt Lake City International Airport.
There were several protests in Utah County protesting the county's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses prior to gay marriage legalization in 2015.
Sean Hannity and Michael Moore
In the midst of ultra-conservative Utah County, the students asked Moore, a renowned liberal, to speak shortly before the 2004 presidential election.
The invitation sparked a reaction, but not as much as did requests and demands that it be rescinded. The students did not give in, and conservative broadcaster Sean Hannity was also invited, in what appeared to be an effort to balance the offerings.
BYU Honor Code
Brigham Young University's Honor Code came under fire earlier this year after it some questionable practices by the Honor Code Office were widely publicized, including what many deemed fear tactics and prejudice against minority groups. This was far from the first time the protests happened on campus.