WRAL is reporting that community members are planning a vigil for Huerta tonight. Actually, “vigil” may not be the best way to describe this, as it sounds a bit more like another protest march:
The vigil is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and those in attendance are expected to march from CCB Plaza to Durham Police Headquarters.
This event follows Chief Lopez’s statement last week which confirmed that Huerta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while in police custody, a statement that may have been prompted by a petition which requested the justice department launch an investigation into the DPD’s handling of the case.
WRAL is stating that the DPD is going to be on high alert, restricting access to the police department structure itself and preventing people from donning masks. The DPD also claims it tried to reach out to the rally’s organizer to coordinate the protest, but received no response.
A similar rally a few weeks ago turned violent due to (apparently) “outside agitators.” As with the first protest march, this one is intended by its organizers to be peaceful, but it’s impossible to predict or control who ultimately shows up and what their agendas are.