I'm also opposed to people using racism as an excuse to excuse crime.
Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, 22, was carrying a Samurai sword when police used deadly force.
Susan Hunt, the man's mother, claims her son was abused and confused, but wouldn't hurt anybody. Hunt made it a matter of race declaring that cops would not have shot her son had he been white.
A news report, however, notes that the victim had been previously "booked on suspicion of numerous counts of assault, domestic violence and child abuse."
Police were responding to a complaint when the encounter occurred.
From our source we read:
The mother of a Saratoga Springs [Utah] man shot and killed by police this week believes the situation would have had a completely different outcome if her son were white.Continue reading ►
"I'm in Saratoga Springs, cause it's a safe little community and they killed him. They killed my son because he's black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he's running away," an emotional Susan Hunt said while crying Friday.
"Those stupid cops thought they had to murder over a toy. This is my baby. This is my family. And they ruined my family."
Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was shot and killed by police Wednesday morning. Hunt was carrying what has been described by police as a Samurai sword.
But police have released absolutely no information about what prompted two Saratoga Springs police officers to shoot the man and very little information about the crime scene.
A spokesman for the city released a brief prepared statement Friday afternoon to respond to the allegations of racial profiling:
"We sympathize with Mr. Hunt’s family during this difficult time. Any claim that our officers’ actions were a result of Mr. Hunt’s race are completely unfounded and speculative. Our officers responded to a call for service and addressed the situation that was presented to them. The Utah County Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the incident."
However, another report informs us:
Utah County Jail records show that Hunt was booked Jan. 5 of this year on suspicion of numerous counts of assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The allegations stemmed from an incident in his mother’s home involving siblings and other children present, Saratoga Springs City Attorney Kevin Thurman said.
Five days later, Hunt entered a guilty plea "in abeyance," meaning it would not count as a conviction if he did not re-offend, to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. Under conditions of his plea, Hunt had until Jan. 10, 2015, to undergo substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence-related assessments.Source ►
Hunt's mother says she moved to Sarasota Springs to escape violent crime.
Violent people moving to non-violent areas to escape violence is a akin to people with Ebola fleeing guaranteed communities. They take the disease with them.
The death of Darrien Nathaniel Hunt is another argument for police wearing body cameras when on duty.
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