Lisa Sorg, I am rather surprised and shocked to hear that as an otherwise credible journalist, you consider it acceptable to presume that (a) statements from people telling you they went down there just "to throw stuff at the cops" translates to (b) "some of whom had thrown rocks and bottles at officers." That is some seriously skewed reporting.
I am yet another person who witnessed the events on 12/19 and saw no provocation or agitation on the part of the gathered demonstrators before the attack. No rocks, no bottles, nothing. Would hearing the account of WUNC reporter Laura Lee who confirms as much make you more comfortable than your average Durham citizen's account? Here's her interview with Frank Stasio on the State of Things. http://wunc.org/post/evelin-huerta-my-brothers-death-still-mystery
First, thanks to the Indy for publishing this account. I do agree with Eric Ginsburg that this phrasing is an important correction to make. I was at the plaza during the vigil, standing with tv crews positioned between the riot police and the vigil attendees and did not witness a single projectile thrown the entire time. In fact, when police advanced on the crowd, the people gathered were in the midst of passing around a sign up sheet for email addresses and hugging goodbye. We were aghast that this went down in the manner it did because it appeared to be an all-out unprovoked assault on the vigil. I am personally outraged at the police chief's decision to use tear gas on Durham citizens (including many children), who were gathered to honor a child who was in police custody at the time of his death. And I might add that even if there was a hypothetical bottle or two thrown at some point that I missed, in what world does that justify the use of tear gas on our citizens in a very public space? The mood was peaceful in the plaza. Here is a audio account of the attack from WUNC's Laura Lee, who shot the footage in the youtube video that has been circulating. http://wunc.org/post/evelin-huerta-my-brothers-death-still-mystery I encourage everyone to listen to her unbiased account because it was everything that I and many others witnessed.
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