Cheers to Susan Hunt for Refusing to Take Hush Money Meant to Cover Up Her Son’s Murder by Police

Darrien HuntDarrien Hunt (Photo: Darrien Hunt Memorial Facebook page)

September 14, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


A year ago last August, Darrien Hunt, a 22-year-old Black man, was walking down a street in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with a souvenir replica sword when he was confronted by two cops who fired seven shots at him. Six bullets, at least one in the back, hit and killed him. Three months later, a prosecutor announced that no charges would be filed against the murdering cops.

Susan Hunt, Darrien’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the cops. On September 10, Hunt said that the city had offered a $900,000 settlement—and that she had turned it down because terms were that she would have had to agree to not speak publicly about Darrien’s murder. She said, “To me it was a gag order, ‘Here’s the hush money, don’t ever say Darrien’s name again.’ ... My biggest concern is for the truth to be told.”

Compare and contrast Susan Hunt’s courageous and principled stand—and the deeply unjust and immoral actions of the police who wantonly murdered a young man and the authorities who backed and justified the crime. Which side do you cheer?



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