As reports pile up of trigger-happy and choke-happy police responses around the nation, local activists have decided to keep up the pressure for more transparency and accountability. Saturday activists will rally in Ogden
against police brutality for national and local cases, like that of Darrien Hunt, the black 22-year-old Saratoga Springs resident shot multiple times in the back while running away from the police in September.
While an attorney for Hunt's family says that the state's autopsy report proves Hunt was running from the police given the shots he took in the back, the Utah County Attorney's Office has ruled the shooting justified, arguing that officers believed that Hunt could have used the samurai sword he had on his person—as part of a costume—to hurt innocent civilians.
The incident has exasperated community members, who say there are too many questions left unanswered by the incident and that a more thorough investigation needs to be undertaken. In November, the Salt Lake branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
requested that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct its own investigation of the shooting.
All those interested in rallying against unnecessary force in Utah and elsewhere are invited to rally Saturday, Dec. 13, at Ogden's Second District Courthouse (2525 Grant Ave.) at 6 p.m.