Tag Archive: police murder

HOW DID VICTOR WHITE III DIE IN THE BACKSEAT OF A COP CAR?

victorwhiteFrom Vice

The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was.

“I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. But he didn’t receive the news from the New Iberia Sheriff’s Department—he got the call from his son Leonard, who also lives in New Iberia and had been questioned that morning by police in connection with the death of his brother.

Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. But the cops refused to tell him anything about the circumstances surrounding his 22-year-old son’s death, citing an ongoing investigation by the state police. At that point, Victor Sr. had no idea his son’s death was caused by a gunshot to the back while he was still in handcuffs in the backseat of a patrol car. Every official he talked to was cagey.

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To Walk Out of the Church of Reconciliation: Reflections on Durham’s Third Anti-Police March, the Peculiar Alchemy of Skateboards and Flagpoles, and the Struggle as it Has Developed

marchjan19thFrom Anarchist News

by several anonymous participants

On the evening of Sunday, January 19th, the two-month anniversary of Chuy Huerta’s death, a crowd of around 150 gathered to express their grief, anger, and rage at the Durham Police Department. Like the previous two marches, the event was a kaleidoscope of faces, emotions, and desires. The sounds of skateboards on pavement mingled with the shouts of “Chuy Huerta, Presente!” Small paper signs were raised amongst massive black banners. The smell of road flares mixed with the sound of broken glass and hip hop blasting from a sound system built into an old shopping cart. After an hour or so of marching, the streets of Durham were littered with discarded black clothing as the crowd dispersed before a wall of riot police.

Some Background

On November 19th, 2013, Jesus “Chuy” Huerta was picked up by officer Samuel Duncan of the Durham Police Department after his family called the department looking for him. Instead of taking Chuy home as requested, the officer took him to headquarters for a minor trespassing warrant. Less than an hour later, Chuy was shot dead in the back of the patrol car. Reports both by DPD and the State Bureau of Investigation have ruled it a suicide, stating that Chuy had a gun that was not found during a search, and subsequently shot himself in the mouth with his hands cuffed behind his back. In the dramatic months following both Chuy’s death and the resulting street conflicts, the DPD has sought to corroborate this story by smearing Chuy as suicidal, drug-addicted, and involved in petty crime. This media tactic of criminalizing Chuy’s memory aims at de-valuing his life and obscuring the fact that had he been brought home rather than held in police custody, he would still be alive today. (more…)

We go marching for yesterday, tomorrow, and today

jesushuertaFrom Amplify Voices

for Jesus Chuy Huerta, Derek D. Walker, Tracy D. Bost, Jose A. Ocampo, and so many others lost.

“The police are the absolute enemy.” –Charles Baudelaire

“The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the class itself.” –Karl Marx

“Fuck the police, let’s hold court in the street.”–many

Since last we were in large numbers on the sidewalks and streets of Durham, much has been said and written about the marches of Nov. 22 and Dec. 19. Now, on January 19th, two months after Jesus “Chuy” Huerta died in the custody of the Durham Police Department, there has been a vigil called to commemorate Chuy’s life. There also is a march prior to the vigil, in order to be visible in our grief, anger, and collective power. We urge those who have not been to previous marches, and who maybe have been quick to criticize the nature of previous marches or who have just been late in recognizing the significance of these demonstrations, to come and demonstrate true solidarity.

It is telling that the vigil organizers have tried to separate themselves from the planned march in every possible way. It is telling in several ways, the first of which is because the Huerta family was supposed to have been the organizers of the vigil. But that was never the case, and it might as well be said. Yes, the church vigil is several things at once: It is the chance for a grieving family to memorialize their son, brother, uncle, cousin, at their preferred place of worship. But it is also quite an opportunity for certain groups and sectors of the population in Durham—let’s call them containment coordinators—to bring their prefabricated ideas to a situation they know little to nothing about. Durham Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods (CAN) and the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham (RCND) used language in the vigil invitation to make the vigil about their ideas and to effectively, and, they hope, decisively, contain the rage of the family and to thwart the active rage of young people—Chuy’s friends and peers—and put them back on the sideline where the masters of the city want them. The Huerta family is resolute, however, and so are the rebels young and young at heart who have stood their ground and stood up to the bullying police at the first two demonstrations. (more…)

JUSTICE FOR CHUY MEANS JUSTICE FOR ALL. March to the vigil!

chuy** MAS ABAJO ESTA EN ESPAÑOL**

Sunday, January 19th at 5:30pm in Durham

Exact start location TBA

Join us January 19th for a peaceful march that will mark 2 months since the death of our beloved brother, son, and friend: Jesús “Chuy” Huerta.

Chuy’s death has become a nationwide issue because of the demonstrations that have taken place. Please come and join those who have been in the streets from the beginning and let’s make this call for justice even stronger.

People from all ages and all walks of life are welcomed.

Chuy’s friends and family want justice for all the people affected by police violence. There can’t be reconciliation without justice. There can’t be reconciliation with an organized gang in blue that keeps our communities and children terrorized. There can’t be reconciliation with a police department that continues to criminalize the memory of Chuy Huerta and the lives of all of his peers. (more…)

Cop shoots dead a tased, restrained, 100lb teen: “we don’t have time for this”

gumbyFrom BoingBoing

The central fact concerning the death of Keith Vidal, 18, does not seem to be in dispute: after the schizophrenic youngster was tased and restrained by two officers, a third stepped up, said “we don’t have time for this”, fired into the scrum, then tried to do so again before being restrained. Vidal, who celebrated his birthday last month, was killed by the gunshot.

The family were not invited to a press conference held today by Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David, but turned up anyway, reports WECT. David said that three officers involved in the incident were the subject of an investigation, and that he could not release their names. (more…)

First Appearance For Last of The November 22nd Arrestees

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Shahqeel, the only person arrested at the November 22nd march and protest to face charges, has his first court appearance this week. It’s obvious his charges are total BS and we’re all hoping his charges will be dropped.  It’s been decided that in order not to hinder the possibility of charges being dropped, supporters should not attend this court appearance. Another way to show your support is to donate to the legal fund for all those arrested at these protests.

Justice for Chuy! Donate to the Jesús Huerta Memorial Fund

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On November 19th, at around 2 a.m., Jesús “Chuy” Huerta was picked up by police a few blocks away from home and taken to police headquarters. Shortly thereafter Chuy was found dead while in police custody because of a gunshot wound. Chuy was only 17 years old.

The shot occurred while Chuy was in the back of a police cruiser, at the police headquarters’ parking lot. Chuy had his hands handcuffed behind his back. The police have claimed that investigations are ongoing and that they can’t say anything until the investigation is complete; however, city officials and the department itself are already trying to build a narrative through the media that attempts to relieve them of any responsibility. They have claimed that Chuy died of a self-inflicted wound expecting us to believe that a person could shoot themselves with their hands handcuffed behind their back.

We seek justice and we seek answers to Chuy’s death. After the events were announced by the media, the Durham community, with the help of communities from other cities, quickly mobilized to provide support for the Huerta family. More than 300 people marched with the family on Friday the 22nd and many people came to us after the march looking for ways in which they could help. (more…)

Bail fund for people arrested by Durham’s Riot Police during the Dec. 19th March and Vigil

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Donate Here

Many of the people arrested on Dec 19th in Durham after the peaceful vigil and march for Chuy Huerta were teenagers whose parents don’t have many resources. We need to help out as a community to cover the costs of the bail. The total cost for bail for all people involved was 850 dollars. There are other people collecting funds too and if we reach the goal here and there is extra money we will use that money for more legal help and the creation of an emergency bail fund for future marches.

Please help out with as much as you can, even 2 dollars help!

In solidarity,

Organizers of the march and vigil and friends of the people arrested.

Durham, NC: The Strangest Prayer Vigil We’ve Ever Seen

banner!  From Anarchist News

Thursday night, December 19th, marked the one-month anniversary of 17-year old Jesus “Chuy” Huerta’s death and the second demonstration in an ongoing and escalating battle with the Durham, NC police department. Catalyzed though certainly not contained by the mysterious death of Chuy while in police custody on November 19th, around 200 family members, friends, neighbors, and fed-up local residents converged at CCB plaza again to grieve and express their rage. Despite the fact that officers report they frisked Chuy before placing him in the vehicle and despite the fact that his hands were handcuffed behind his back, Chief of Police Lopez is still claiming that Chuy shot himself in the head while in the back of the squad car at Police Headquarters. (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…)