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

Posted January 24, 2014 3:36 p.m. EST

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.