Durham Police Reviewing Response, Use of Tear Gas At Vigil

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The Durham Police Department is reviewing how it responded to a march and vigil held for a teen who died in police custody last month.    

Officers used tear gas last week on the crowd that had gathered to remember 17-year-old Jesus Huerta.

Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. says the review will include the tactics used, intelligence gathered, videos, literature collected, and deployment decisions before, during and after the event.    

The vigil Thursday came one month after Huerta died in the back of a Durham police car. Lopez has said Huerta died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, either accidentally or intentionally. His hands were cuffed behind his back at the time.    

Lopez says the department will listen to people outside the agency. It's not clear how long the review will last.

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