Family upset after memorial removed from Durham parking lot
Posted January 4, 2014
Durham, N.C. — The family of a teen who died in the back of a Durham patrol car is upset that a memorial for him was removed from outside of the police department.
According to police, Jesus Huerta, 17, shot himself in the head after he had been searched, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car last month.
Huerta's family created the memorial in his memory and did not understand why it was removed from the Durham police parking lot.
On Monday the the police department issued a statement explaining why.
"The memorial for Mr. Huerta was allowed to be placed in the Police Department parking lot as a courtesy to his family; however, it was not our intent to allow it to remain indefinitely," the statement said. "The memorial was removed by department staff over the weekend after it was allowed to remain on site for slightly more than a week."