My wife and I are Durham residents. We are over 50 and we were there too and witnessed the event like you described it. The policeman on the loud speaker at the police parking lot was very clear with the warning about leaving and people did leave. At the end of the march, as you said, it was all winding down. We were signing contact lists and starting to say good bye to each other when the police, with no audible warning, began to advance toward us with full riot gear. I guess they left their loud speaker back at the parking lot. It was terrifying; A smoke grenade was tossed into the center of the crowd. My wife and I were fortunate. We walked sideways across the street and, for what ever reason, the police followed the rest of the crowd. We heard a bang and saw the smoke. We were very concerned about a mother and her two very small children that were in a double stroller during the march. We tried to get closer to the area but the tear gas was too strong. I can't imagine what it was like any closer.
A month ago a mother called the police asking them to help find her son. Just hours later her 17 year old child, Jesus Huerta, was dead.
The police failed her and they failed to protect that child.
Two days ago the police failed to respect our right to peaceful protest.
But hey, they did a real good job of protecting that parking lot.
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