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The mother of a 22-year-old boy has accused the Saratoga Springs police to have shot dead her son just because he was ‘black’.
Darrien Hunt’s mother Susan Hunt and his family said that they wanted answers about the fatal incident that led to their innocent child.
According to the family, they can only figure out one reason that drove the police to shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even he was carrying a “toy” sword.
“He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it. It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Hunt’s aunt Cindy Moss on Saturday.
Darrien Hunt was killed by the police personnel on Wednesday morning in the Utah County city of Saratoga Springs.
According to the police, they were called about 9:40 am on Wednesday to look after a “suspicious” man who was walking near businesses along Redwood Road and he was carrying a “Samurai-type sword.”
In a statement, Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor said, “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.”
Refuting the claims that its officers’ actions were due to Hunt’s race, Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying “they are completely unfounded and speculative”.
“Our officers responded to a call for service and addressed the situation that was presented to them,” the police said in the statement.
The Utah County Attorney’s Office which is investigating the fatal incident said that the preliminary findings suggest no role of race that led to the boy’s killing.
Hunt’s mother said that her son was only carrying a ‘toy sword’, i.e. a Katana which is a souvenir sword, having a rounded edge, and not a blade. It was bought from an Asian gift store.
Grieving her son’s sad demise, she said, “My son is a tender heart who would not hurt anybody. My son is a beautiful, bright-eyed, intelligent boy.”
Hunt was born to a white mother and a black father. Her mother had recently got separation from her husband and just returned to Utah to start a new life for the family.