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Darrien Hunt’s mom turns down $900K settlement from Utah cops over gag order on cosplayer’s death

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The family of Darrien Hunt, who was gunned down by Utah police while walking with a samurai-style sword, re-enacted the 22-year-old’s doomed journey Thursday — on the one-year anniversary of his slaying.

Two Saratoga Springs police officers — Cpl. Matt Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson – shot Hunt six times Sept. 10, 2014, after responding to two 911 calls about a man walking with a sword along a commercial boulevard.

An autopsy revealed that Hunt, who was carrying a katana sword his family said was used for cosplay, had his back turned to the officers when all six shots were fired — and an attorney for the victim’s family said Schauerhamer paused to reload his weapon during the shooting.

Neither officer was charged in Hunt’s shooting death because prosecutors said the pair feared Hunt would “hack the first person he saw.”

Susan Hunt, his mother, said she turned down a $900,000 offer to settle her lawsuit against the city and the two officers who killed her son, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.

That settlement offer would have barred her from commenting publicly about the case — which she said was unacceptable.

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“That’s not going to clear his name, and I could not, in good conscience, agree to that,” Susan Hunt said.

Hunt’s family said he was cosplaying — or costumed role-playing — as a cartoon character when he encountered police about 9:30 a.m. on the day he was killed.

Witnesses disputed some police claims about the 37-second encounter, and one witness said police misrepresented his statements to investigators to claim that Hunt swung the sword at officers and the ran away.

His younger brother, Kerahn Hunt, put on a similar costume, including a katana sword, to mark the anniversary.

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Susan Hunt, their mother, said police received multiple calls about that commemorative walk, and three police officers responded and confronted her younger son.

She walked arm-in-arm with her surviving son and her sister to the spot where Hunt was gunned down, and friends and relatives released balloons with notes and cards tied to them.

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John Bolton just got put in his place: report

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National Security Adviser John Bolton has wanted a war with Iran since long before many Americans were even born. But according to The Daily Beast, he might be losing the internal battle to go to war.

After the Pentagon announced that they had "evidence" that Iran attacked an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, political analysts began to speculate it would be used as a justification for war with Iran. But apparently, Trump realized the Middle East saber-rattling doesn't play well in Middle America.

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Illinois cops arrest man for being hospitalized while black

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On Monday, Freeport, Illinois resident Shaquille Dukes was arrested outside of FHN Memorial Hospital with an IV attached to his arm.

The reason? A security guard accused him of "trying to leave the hospital to sell the IV equipment on eBay."

Dukes, who is African-American, has filed a racial profiling complaint with the city, insisting that this would never have happened to a white hospital patient. "I'm not just going to sit here and be complacent about what I know is an illegality," he told the Journal Standard.

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‘A wild, disgusting, ugly ride’: MSNBC analyst warns 2020 will be ‘desperate’ Trump running to avoid arrest

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During a panel discussion with political pundits, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace warned that we're about to enter one of worst campaigns of our lives.

Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker noted that President Donald Trump's Orlando kickoff was essentially a repeat of his 2016 kickoff, with the same policies and same promises.

"It felt like déjà vu for both of us who covered the 2016 campaign because it was the same 'populist' messages, same grievances, same lines, even and the same response with the same crowd. And the same logo," Rucker said.

But it was MoveOn communications chief Karine Jean-Pierre that warned of a horrific election season as Trump runs a race not only for his presidency but for his life.

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