Police use tear gas at protest of suspect's death

DURHAM, DURHAM COUNTY - A march to protest the death of a teen suspect in a patrol car ended with police lobbing tear gas and some protesters reportedly being arrested.

Local news media reported that 150 to 200 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."

According to the news reports, police in riot gear threw some tear gas canisters at the increasingly rowdy crowd and made some arrests.

A telephone call to the police department seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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