Utah Police Shoot And Kill 22-Year-Old Darrien Hunt With A ‘Toy’ Sword

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Police in Utah who shot and killed 22-year-old Darrien Hunt claim Hunt lunged at them with a sword. But a new private autopsy shows Hunt was shot in the rear, according to a Hunt family lawyer. And his family says the sword was a “toy” with rounded edges that he bought from an Asian souvenir shop.

No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away,” Hunt’s white mom told reporters.

Even Hunt’s aunt, Cindy Moss, who is also white, said she has tended not to believe stories by her sister’s family of mistreatment of blacks in today’s world, “and I don’t like it when the race card is played. It’s easy for us as whites to dismiss it.”

"But Moss says her view changed in recent days as the family has tried to figure out what happened in the shooting, and she watched personally how some of her black nephews and nieces are treated," the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Stop Making Excuses For Domestic Violence

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Some of the nationalistic pro-black responses defending Ray Rice have been filled with misogyny and sexism. Yet Ray Rice punched a black woman. How are we promoting the greater cause of the African-American community by minimizing the offense of black men who mistreat black women? [Read my full column here.]

Just a few random Mario Lopez videos to start the day. (H/T 1000notes.)