November 4, 2014 11:39 am -

[su_right_ad]Darien Hunt was carrying a toy sword when two police officers shot him in the back.  The LA Times reports no charges will be filed.

A prosecutor cleared two Utah police officers of criminal charges in the killing of a young black man wielding a samurai sword, saying Monday the shooting was justified because the man had swung the sword at the officers.

Two Saratoga Springs police officers fired a total of seven shots, Utah County Attorney Jeff R. Buhman told reporters, hitting Darrien Hunt, 22, six times — at least once in the back as he ran away. Buhman’s office investigated the Sept. 10 incident for nearly two months…

The case is one of several police shootings of young black men that have drawn scrutiny in recent months. Hunt’s father is black and his mother is white. The mother, Susan Hunt, told local media after the shooting, “No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.” [su_csky_ad]



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

6 responses to Utah Cops Cleared In Shooting Black Man In the Back

  1. mea_mark November 4th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I am sorry, but this was not a justified killing. This is cops getting away with murder. If police departments don’t start policing themselves better their jobs are going to get awfully difficult and even more dangerous. I really think the public’s patience is about gone. It is time for reform.

  2. Mephistophiles November 4th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Bring back Eric Frein.

  3. crc3 November 4th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    These cops are spineless cowards. Why shoot someone in the back? What happened to tasers? They felt threatened more because he was black than because of the sword. Yet another case of cops getting away with murder…

  4. tracey marie November 4th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    just like the cops who crept up on the young black guy in walmart, talking on his phone with a toy gun in his hand…shoot to kill, follow and shoot some more to make sure they are dead.

  5. tiredoftea November 4th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    “And, in other Utah news, the state demographer declares Utah to be mostly white.”

    • Larry Schmitt November 4th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      And in other Utah non-news…