Durham police chief issues statement on violent vigil

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Jesus Huerta

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez responded Sunday to concerns over last week’s vigil for Jesus Huerta that turned violent.

On Facebook, Lopez pledged to review his officers’ actions during that protest.

ABC11 cameras were in the thick of it Thursday night as officers set-off tear gas into the crowds.

Chief Lopez says the decision to use force was not taken lightly.

Thursday night’s vigil was in response to the death of Jesus Huerta.

Huerta died while handcuffed in the back of a Durham police squad car from what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Source: WTVD


  • chucky1992

    An officer had to have done something wrong if Huerta was able to get a gun and with cuffs on, shoot himself. Officers that I know search their vehicles before and after they have arrested someone to prevent them from finding or depositing guns or drugs for just those types of situations. On top of that, most officers handcuff suspects with their hands behind them so that they are not able to use their hands as easily. Having said that, the protesters who are supporting the family as they protest are putting a lot of people in danger when they pick up or bring items that can be used as weapons. Protest… it’s their right but do it peacefully.

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