Darrien Hunt’s Mother Rejects Lawsuit Settlement That Included Gag Order
Last year we posted the story of Darrien Hunt, a black man in Utah who was gunned down by police when he was dressed in costume and carrying a replica sword.
After filing a $2 million lawsuit against the city, the family was offered a paltry settlement with an even more inflammatory clause that would bar her from ever speaking publicly against the police or about Darrien’s death.
“To me it was a gag order [that said], ‘Here’s hush money, don’t ever say Darrien’s name again,'” Susan Hunt, mother of Darrien, told Utah’s KSL news about turning down the $900,000 settlement the city offered in response to her wrongful death lawsuit.
“My biggest concern is for the truth to be told,” Susan said.
The suit alleges that the police used excessive force and violated Darrien’s constitutional rights when they confronted him and shot him to death while he was wearing a costume and carrying a metal samurai-style sword, one that his family says was rounded and not an actual weapon. The lawsuit seeks $2 million in damages as well the prioritization of body-cameras and use-of-force training for law enforcement.
F*** the police AND the city for even attempting to silence this mother who is clearly still grieving and has every right to take a big steamy s#!t on the officers who killed her son. SMH.
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