Utah Police Shot Darrien Hunt 6 Times Because He Carried A Toy Sword
A young black man who was fatally shot last week by Utah police lunged at the officers with a real sword that had a 2.5-foot steel blade, prosecutors said Monday.
Reports from Darrien Hunt’s family that the 22-year-old was carrying a toy sword are not accurate, said Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor.
“It wasn’t plastic, it wasn’t wood,” Taylor said. “It appears to be a real samurai sword.”
The Saratoga Springs Police Department is under fire over the fatal shooting of Hunt last Wednesday. The city removed a critical social media posting that accused the news media of reporting innuendo, opinion and rumor as fact with the police chief apologizing for the remarks.
Hunt’s mother has accused police of shooting her son because he is black. Police say race played no role.
An attorney for the family says an independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot six times while running away.
Taylor said investigators are talking with witnesses and gathering surveillance video from the strip mall to piece together what happened. There are at least three businesses nearby where the shooting occurred that may have surveillance cameras that captured moments of the encounter, he said.
The shooting is being reviewed by a coalition of investigators from different agencies who review officer involved shootings under the direction of Taylor’s office, Jackson said. The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, per standard protocol.
The social media post Sunday, around the same time more than 100 people gathered at a candlelight vigil for Hunt, only brought more attention to the shooting. On the police department’s Facebook page, they asked for the public to be patient and rejected the notion that there was a cover-up.
Read more about the Darrien Hunt shooting at BlackVoices.com