Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal is a name many people have heard shouted from the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah and around the nation after the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) murdered him in May of 2020. This brutal killing by the SLCPD made Bernardo’s name famous, but Bernardo’s life made his name important. Bernardo’s life taught us the value of community and justice.
Who was Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal?
Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was a 22-year-old man who resided in Rose Park, a neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bernardo lived with his mother and worked along side his older brother. He was the youngest sibling and had strong relationships with his brother and sister. Bernardo was adored by his nieces and nephews and he enjoyed playing with them. Bernardo loved spending time with his family.
Bernardo, an artist, would often teach his nieces and nephews how to draw. He expressed himself through various forms of art including drawing and music. He was also passionate about traveling and planned to see the world this summer with his friends.
Bernardo is deeply loved by many friends and family members. Since his death, Bernardo’s loved ones have shared memories of Bernardo as well as shared their grief with the public. It is undeniable that Bernardo is truly admired for his loving character and the mark he left. Bernardo’s family and friends continue impacting the world for good in his name as they strive to obtain justice for Bernardo and other individuals killed by law enforcement.
The Fight for Justice for All
Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal is not just a name; Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal was a person. Bernardo had dreams and goals he wanted to pursue. His last words were, “Officer, I don’t want to die!” Unfortunately, Bernardo’s unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were taken when officers began their pursuit of him.
All people everywhere can relate to Bernardo in some way. We all have hobbies, dreams, a job, friends, a family, and so much more. Knowing who Bernardo was as a person is much easier than one might assume. The best way for learning more about Bernardo is as simple as looking in the mirror. When we relate to Bernardo and other victims of police brutality we are able to see ourselves in them and understand how police brutality affects us all individually and collectively. We will all continue to suffer as long as any member of our community suffers. In order to obtain justice for everybody, we must start with justice for one: Bernardo.
Bernardo and his life taught us the importance of unifying our hearts and our efforts for the betterment of our community and our nation. One can hear the words, “Justice for Bernardo! Justice for everybody!” and “We are family!” chanted at protests and marches in Salt Lake City. When one member of our community has become a victim of police brutality, we all become victims. When one member of our community gets justice, we all get justice.
Bernardo is us.
We are Bernardo.
We are one.