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Huerta vigil vastly different than previous gatherings

Posted February 19, 2014

— Wednesday evening's vigil for Jesus "Chuy" Huerta was vastly different than previous events in the teenager's name.

A small group gathered at the corner of West Trinity Avenue and Foster Street to place flowers, candles and a picture of the 17-year-old in a heart shape. It is where Huerta was picked up by police on a trespassing charge, they said.

The gathering was the first since the Durham City Council adopted new rules for demonstrations in the city after three violent marches over the teen's death.

Huerta died shortly after his Nov. 19 arrest. Authorities said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face while he was in the back of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Huerta's family has questioned the Durham Police Department's explanation of his death and has called for a federal investigation of possible civil rights violations.

Those upset over Huerta's death have clashed with Durham police three times in recent months. A police substation and patrol cars have been vandalized, and police have said officers had bottles and rocks thrown at them by masked demonstrators.

The new rules bar protesters from Durham Police Department property, including parking lots and grass around buildings. They also prohibit people from wearing masks, hoods or otherwise concealing their identities during a demonstration and from using fireworks or other pyrotechnics during a march.

Future protests also must be held during daylight hours and only after organizers have obtained a city permit.


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  • Don Dickerson Feb 20, 2014
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    First, Polara, know I respect you....been reading you on here a long time and we don't always agree, but that's fine. My experience is the neighborhood I live in was run over by true illegals several years ago and I got trapped paying for something that was no longer worth the cost of moving it. So I've been here, watching....the work thing is true, few folks work more.....but not really harder, or more effectively. Tomorrow will be interesting if the Weather Center gets it right with 60mph wind gusts, as a LOT of hastily-built, questionably placed and uninspected structures in my neighborhood will get their first test of a "windy day" around here since they were put up without benefit of a permit or proven design. And THAT'S my problem with the whole "hands-off" approach this County and State have taken regarding these folks. Maybe you know Hispanics here legally; mine are a whole different ball of wax.

  • jackaroe123 Feb 20, 2014

    "Get used to it, folks....don't have the heart to actually enforce existing immigration rules? These people-"
    I decided to excerpt this much b/c I did want to extend my praise that you admit these are actually people. Now... please identify any information in this article about their immigration status. Methinks you saw a Hispanic sounding name and assumed they were undocumented.

  • Don Dickerson Feb 20, 2014
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    Get used to it, folks....don't have the heart to actually enforce existing immigration rules? These people don't play by the rules of our society, and their demonstrations and protests WILL be coming to a neighborhood near YOU soon! And before I even see it, let me address the excuse makers for the illegal Hispanic population....I DO live amongst a large population of illegals, I DO see how they handle their business, I DO see how they completely disregard any rules, customs, codes or laws that were here before them, and I DO see how they are in the main not interested at ALL in making anything "better" in this state, only making a grab for whatever isn't nailed down. At first I too said "they just want a better life; see how it goes...." Well I've seen it, and this isn't America anymore. I now live in a third-world country with no recourse because my law-enforcement agencies are frozen by apathy and ignorance. They've won, and the loss is just starting to spread.

  • jackaroe123 Feb 20, 2014

    "Well, they certainly seem to be the ones causing the most problems."
    Who? Black people?
    Where? At this Huerta vigil that is noteworthy for not devolving into violence like previous vigils?
    What vincent vega brought up has nothing to do w/ this article. It speaks to a pretty suspect agenda. What you seem to be adding is support of stereotyping all people of a group.

  • jackaroe123 Feb 20, 2014

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    My narrative is that the chance of a rational discussion breaks down from your end, and the evidence here supports my version. You've attributed ideas to me that I've not even suggested, let alone stated. When I call that "paranoia," it's an accurate label, not "name-calling." It's also rather hypocritical, as I used that label in response to your invoking a "liberal agenda" I wasn't representing.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 20, 2014

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    Well, they certainly seem to be the ones causing the most problems.

  • disgusted2010 Feb 20, 2014

    Who said I advocate controls on the 2nd?

    You will never discuss controls, anti gun people never never rationally discuss the issue. Everything is visceral, all based on emotion and for that reason a reasonable dialogue cannot be had. An example is when others try to raise a point the antis immediately devolve into name calling, i.e "paranoid." And if you do not think there is an agenda pushed by a great many people, including the local and national media to ban guns then your emotion in the matter has made you delusional.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 20, 2014

    This story said, "A small group gathered...where Huerta was picked up by police on a trespassing charge"

    Is there any irony in the fact that the parents gathered at the scene of the (original) crime committed by their son?

    Maybe I'm just not seeing it, but I just don't understand why the parents don't seem to be taking any responsibility for their child. ...a child who had a loaded gun, who had a backpack with stolen loot from house breakins, who had tried to commit suicide at least one time before... yadda yadda.

    I don't understand. Am I wrong here?

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 20, 2014

    "I ripped it up and threw it away this morning. Illegals have no idea how to not leave a mess behind themselves. Then they wonder why we hate them so much, other than being here without being wanted, needed, liked, or invited"

    My own experiences with those you might see as "Illegals" is that they work harder, contribute, and maintain their residences a lot better then a lot of "natural born Americans".

  • jackaroe123 Feb 20, 2014

    "I ripped it up and threw it away this morning. Illegals have no idea how to not leave a mess behind themselves. Then they wonder why we hate them so much"
    What you're describing is why you hate people with Hispanic last names and brown skin. I haven't seen anything published about the immigration status of the Huerta family or any other participants in the vigils.