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Authorities in Utah have altered their account of how a 22-year-old black man was killed by police, after an attorney for the man’s family alleged that he was shot repeatedly from behind by officers while running away.
The authorities also said that the two police officers involved in the shooting of Darrien Hunt last Wednesday had not yet been interviewed about the incident. The attorney for Hunt’s family described this delay as “almost incomprehensible”.
Hunt died outside a Panda Express restaurant at a strip mall in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday morning following an encounter with two police officers who were responding to a 911 call reporting a man with a samurai-style sword acting suspiciously.
After several days of silence Tim Taylor, the chief deputy attorney for Utah county, said in a statement on Saturday: “When the officers made contact with Mr Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr Hunt was shot.”
However, Taylor confirmed to the Guardian on Monday that Hunt was in fact alleged to have lunged at the officers outside a bank several dozen yards away from where he ultimately died. While it was outside the bank that Hunt was first “shot at” by police, Taylor said, it was not clear whether he was struck on that occasion.
Hunt then headed north and was shot several more times before eventually collapsing outside the Panda Express, according to Taylor. He said it was not clear if there were any further threatening moves. “Whether or not the individual lunged again at point two, the other location, I don’t know about that,” Taylor said.
Randall Edwards, an attorney for Hunt’s family, said in an email late on Monday: “This appears to be a major change in the official story”.
originally posted by: NthOther
a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
Maybe trying to complicate things. Confuse the situation, introduce more variables into the equation so as to make their story at least somewhat plausible to the dimwitted masses.
But why are they already changing the story when they haven't even heard the story from the people involved? It's bizarre.
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
well it is not that bizarre when you consider the masses will lose interest very quickly and they know it...so they throw out a bit of deflection and job done.......
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
This is why people like Al Sharpton get involved in these matters - to be sure it stays in the public eye and gets the attention it deserves. I know people hate Al Sharpton and I know he goes overboard, but the work he does for cases like this (and Michael Brown, John Crawford and Trayvon Martin) is what is going to bring about change in the way black people (and people in general) are treated by police.
“They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away,” Mrs Hunt has said. Tim Taylor, the deputy chief attorney for Utah County, has said there is “no indication that race played any role”.
Surveillance footage from a drive-through bank in Utah where a 22-year-old black man is alleged to have lunged at police officers with a sword, before fleeing and being shot to death, has been obtained by investigators.
originally posted by: undo
he was cos-playing, apparently.
originally posted by: NthOther
It's easier for them to get away with saying "cops are racist" (which they are, mind you, but that isn't the point), than it is to say "law enforcement is filled with lunatics hell-bent on establishing a domestic police state". We need a prominent black figure to say that. The truth.
originally posted by: macman
And as for shooting him in the back, if he was/is a dangerous fleeing felon, meaning he displayed intent on harming someone and had the means to carry it out, like with a sword, it is a good shoot.