Monday, November 4 2013, 06:34 PM MST
Rally Held To Remember Danielle Willard
(KUTV) Danielle Willard was shot and killed by police one year ago. Since that day, one of the West Valley City police officers has been fired.
Numerous drug cases have been thrown out and West Valley City hired a new Chief of Police. Saturday a rally was held for Willard, not only to remember the young woman, but to send a message.
People gathered in front of West Valley City Hall holding posters saying:
"Cops Above Laws" and "Justice For Danielle." Some bystanders told 2News that it felt more like a protest than a day of remembrance.
Melissa Kennedy, Danielle's mother who lives in Washington state, told 2News that she came seeking justice for her daughter. Kennedy added that she would like to see charges filed against West Valley City police officer Shawn Cowley.
Police say Willard attempted to back-over officers during a drug investigation. However, the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office disagreed, saying the shooting was unjustified.
Cowley has been released from the West Valley Police Department and officer Kevin Salmon is on administrative leave.
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