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Police: $5,000 damage caused in protest march over Durham teen's death

Posted January 24, 2014

The back window of a Durham police cruiser was shattered by vandals on Jan. 19, 2014, the same night hundreds gathered to remember the Nov. 19, 2013, death of Jesus Huerta, who died after shooting himself while in police custody. (Beau Minnick/WRAL)

— Police said Friday that people protesting the death of a Durham teen in police custody caused $5,000 in damage to patrol cars and a substation last weekend.

The Sunday night protest march marked the two-month anniversary of the death of Jesus "Chuy" Huerta. Shortly after his Nov. 19 arrest on an outstanding trespassing charge, the 17-year-old shot himself in the face while sitting in the back seat of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The teen's death has prompted outrage in the Durham community, and about 120, many of whom wore masks, marched to a Durham Police Department downtown substation. There, some people shattered windows of the building and patrol cars with rocks, poured ketchup on the cars and spray-painted the word "pig" on at least two vehicles.

Six people were arrested.

Police said providing security during the march and its aftermath cost the department another $17,000 in overtime.


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  • GETOUT Jan 24, 2014

    That was from a article written by a local newspaper dated January 17!

  • GETOUT Jan 24, 2014

    Well Sunshine1040, it seems as if a funeral has already been held.....

    "Jesus Huerta took his first communion at the West Chapel Hill Street church, and the family held his funeral there, said McIntyre, who will preside over Sunday’s vigil."

  • sunshine1040 Jan 24, 2014

    Sorry but family has yet to claim body I sure hope they do before body is cremated they were crying because city would not release but now they are saying they lack funds to pay funeral expenses. Sorry family for your loss but if I am paying final expenses I will choose the same plan I have prepaid for myself cremation

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 24, 2014

    Here is a clue for the LEO, if ya see protester who are wearing mask, or full face cover up, there is a very good possiblity, ya need to get them before they cause damage. Last , there should not be given any more permits for protest over this. If there is, ya might need to look at a new Mayor.

  • westernwake1 Jan 24, 2014

    The taxpayers should not be paying for this over and over again.

    Here is my hint for the next time this crowd announces a "protest march" - the Durham police should immediately arrest everyone who shows up.

  • stymieindurham Jan 24, 2014

    I sure hope the presiding judge has the courage to make those arrested pay the damages.