Almost a year ago, people gathered in Durham to protest the death of Jesus Huerta, a teen who fatally shot himself while in DPD custody.
Today, a new round of protests has begun.
By my reckoning, there are two groups here. The first group, consisting of citizens expressing outrage and concern over the events which have transpired in Ferguson, MO, was some three hundred strong and gathered to peacefully protest at the CCB plaza.
The second group took a more disruptive path: they blocked traffic on the Durham Freeway while shouting a familiar chant: “No justice, no peace, fuck the police.” I feel like I’ve heard that one before… and even some of those signs look awfully familiar.
The second group made sure to swing by the DPDHQ, because, you know, that’s kind of their thing.
The good news at this point is that I haven’t seen reports of property damage.
It’s early yet, but at first blush this appears to mimic what happened following the Huerta case: a core group of peaceful concerned citizens, and a second group using that as justification for general anti-establishment agitation.
I’ll post more as I hear about it. I really do hope that things don’t get out of hand this time.