Before the pressure cooker blows its top:
Durham Mayor Bill Bell has it right in saying that the Durham Police Department should release its internal report on the Nov. 19 death of 17-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Huerta, who was shot in the back seat of a police car.
Police Chief Jose Lopez, who has not handled the fallout from this incident well at all, has left people confused in his piecemeal discussion of the death. Lopez says that Huerta shot himself in the head while his hands were handcuffed behind his back and that gunshot residue was found on a glove the teen was wearing.
So far, we are being forced to accept this narrative: the 17 year-old was taken into custody while still retaining a gun on his person, was handcuffed while his gloves were still on, and then he was able to get his (gloved) hands on said hidden gun, and then shoot himself in the back of the head. An entire series of improbable if not impossible actions. Does the bullet that killed him match the firearm taken into evidence? You don't have to be an LEO to know what a "drop" gun is. Do the gloves fit? Unfortunately, Jesus can't be acquitted if they don't. This is a mess, and one that a blue wall can't contain.