Tag Archive: Carlos Riley

Man cleared in Durham police officer’s shooting



— A Durham man was acquitted Friday of shooting a police officer three years ago, with jurors convicting him only of common law robbery in the case.

Officer Kelly Stewart was shot in the thigh during a confrontation with Carlos Antonio Riley Jr. following a December 2012 traffic stop. Stewart testified that Riley was being uncooperative and shot him after the two got into a fist fight. But Riley’s defense attorney insisted that Stewart accidentally shot himself with his own gun during the struggle.

“I believed this was going to happen. My faith, my faith, my faith and prayer. Prayers going up, and prayers come down,” a relieved Patricia Riley, Riley’s grandmother, said after the verdict was announced.

“The truth always prevails over all things,” said Riley’s mother, Karen Judd. “My son always has to be honest. I taught him that. I taught him to treat people in a humane way. During this trial, they were trying to portray him as a vicious criminal.”

Stewart was unavailable for comment Friday, and Police Chief Jose Lopez expressed disappointment in the outcome. (more…)

Justice for Chuy means Justice for Everyone / Justicia para Chuy significa justicia para todos

acabnewerFrom Amplify Voices

A statement by Inside-Outside Alliance / Dec. 2013

(Español está por debajo. Downloadable pdfs to come.)

insideoutsidealliance@gmail.com   /   www.amplifyvoices.com

In the early morning hours of November 19, 2013, 17-year-old Jesus ‘Chuy’ Huerta died in the back of a police car in the parking lot of the Durham Police Department (DPD) headquarters. His sister had called 911 at their mother’s request, after the teen had left home in the middle of the night. Officer Samuel Duncan picked Chuy up a few blocks from home. Instead of taking him home to his mother, Duncan took Chuy to headquarters to pick up a months-old arrest warrant for second-degree trespassing. The next stop for Chuy would have been jail. But, in the DPD parking lot, somehow a gunshot was fired, the police car Duncan had been driving crashed into a parked van, and Chuy died.

Chief José Lopez has tried to shift the blame away from his department, saying Chuy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Lopez claims Chuy was handcuffed behind his back and the gun was not issued by the DPD, though he also says Duncan searched Chuy before arresting him. While this story reeks of bullshit and there remain many, many questions to which Chuy’s family deserves answers (at the least), what we must remember and what bears frequent repeating is this:

The Durham Police Department is responsible for Chuy Huerta’s death.

The Durham Police Department is responsible for Chuy Huerta’s death.

The Durham Police Department is responsible for Chuy Huerta’s death.

Police in crisis: a timeline (more…)