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Durham police remove Jesus Huerta memorial

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Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department. Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department.
Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department. Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department.
The spot where the Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department was before removal. The spot where the Jesus Huerta memorial at the Durham Police Department was before removal.

A memorial at the Durham Police Department for the 17-year-old who died in the back of a police cruiser was removed by Durham police this past weekend.

The memorial for Jesus Huerta had been in the parking lot of the police department for slightly more than a week. It had been placed during the recent march and rally in downtown Durham.

Alex Charns, the attorney for the Huerta family, said the removal was unnecessary.

"It cost them nothing to show a bit of compassion to a grieving family and a little respect for the dead," he said. 

The Durham Police Department said in a statement that the memorial was never meant to be permanent.

"The memorial for Mr. Huerta was allowed to be placed in the police department parking lot as a courtesy to his family; however, it was not our intent to allow it to remain indefinitely," the statement read in part.

Two rallies have been held for the teen, one of which was broken up by police in full riot gear using tear gas outside police headquarters. This has led to some calling for Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez's resignation or firing.

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