A march to protest the death of a teen suspect in a patrol car ended with police lobbing tear gas and some protesters being arrested.
More than 150 people marched from downtown Durham to the police department Thursday night to protest the death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta.
Police say Huerta shot himself in the head in the back of a patrol car after being arrested on second-degree trespassing charges on Nov. 19.
But Huerta’s family and friends aren’t convinced. Some protesters carried long black banners reading “Murdered By Police.”
Police in riot gear threw some tear gas canisters at the crowd and made some arrests. Police say protesters threw firecrackers and at least one bottle.
Update 9:51 a.m, Friday 12/20.: Police Chief Jose Lopez is scheduled to speak to reporters at 10:30 a.m. today about Thursday’s protest and arrests.