In the last 10 years, American police have killed more people than both the Iraq War and ebola — and 22-year-old Darrien Hunt is one of the most recent.
Saratoga Springs, Utah — Darrien was a comic and anime fan, an artists who’d just attended the Salt Lake City Comic Con a week before. In typical cosplay fashion, Darrien (described by all as “shy” and “gentle”) went as one of his favorite characters: Mugen, from Samurai Champloo.
A week later, Hunt decided to go out for a walk wearing his costume again, along with a blunt-edged sword purchased as a souvenir slung across his back.
Officers recieved an anonymous call reporting a “suspicious” person in the area carrying a sword. Ironically, the sword, even if it had been real, would have been illegal to carry openly in Utah — an assault rifle, however, would not be.
What happened next is unclear.
Police say Hunt “lunged at them,” and noted in thier official report that he “apparently liked hallucinogens and had taken acid approximately three weeks” prior to being shot dead in the street.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
However, official autopsy reports now tell a slightly different story, which backs up the private autopsy commissioned just after his death. Despite the police attempt to paint Hunt as some sort of enraged psychopath tripping on acid, no drugs were found in his system after death.
More tellingly, the autopsy report has confirmed that Hunt was shot five times in the back, and another time on his left-rear hip. There are also no witness reports indicating that the sword was in his hand at the time.
Hunt’s body was found 100 feet from the police car, suggesting that he was travelling away from the police at the time he was gunned down. That backs up police reports that he was running away — which is not, in most areas, a crime that warrants summary execution.
Oh, also…Darrien was black, in a town where blacks make up only about 0.5 percent of the population. Clearly, though, that had nothing to do with anything.
Maybe it’s just what happens when you bring a toy sword to a gunfight in Utah.