Durham Police Chief claims teen died from self-inflicted gun wound while handcuffed
December 12, 2013
A Durham teen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Wednesday afternoon at a news conference.
Lopez held a 3 p.m. news conference and started by extending condolences to the family of Jesus Huerta, who died in a police cruiser in November. Huerta was 17.
He said the noise heard by the officer was a gunshot, and said it was a gunshot wound to the head.
Lopez said a handgun was found in the car and that Huerta was still handcuffed from behind. He said the wound was self-inflicted.
"The medical examiner’s office has confirmed that Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound to his head," Lopez said. "Whether that wound was accidental or intentional is unknown at this time."
Lopez said Huerta was searched, and police are not sure where how he had the weapon.
"I know that it is hard for people not in law enforcement to understand how someone could be capable of shooting themselves while handcuffed behind the back," Lopez said. "While incidents like this are not common, they unfortunately have happened in other jurisdictions in the past."
Huerta’s family released a statement following the press conference held by Lopez. The family of Huerta said the press conference did not release any new information to the public.
"How did Jesús end up dead in the parking lot at police headquarters in these circumstances? Searched. Handcuffed behind the back. How is it even possible to shoot oneself?" the statement reads.
The family of Huerta also requested all forms of communication “received, sent, possessed or created by any City of Durham employee and/or city official (including but not limited to the police chief, command staff, city manager, police public relations/press staff) that touch upon or concern the detention, arrest, death and all investigations concerning Jesús Huerta.”
Lopez said the SBI is continuing their investigation into the incident for any possible criminal violations, which is standard procedure
Continuing on with my year in movies series brings us to March. Well, March, April and May since I didn’t see too many movies in these months. As I look over the lists I didn’t even see that many good movies out of the few I actually watched which is kind of depressing. So I’ll break them down by month.
March: Looking For Lenny (2011), Sinister (2012), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), The Tillman Story (2010), The Bay (2012), In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006), Room 237 (2013), Troll 2 (1990), Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
April: John Dies At The End (2012), Evil Dead (2013), F For Fake (1973)
May: The Losers (2010), Hit & Run (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), The King of Comedy (1982), Arrested Development Documentary Project (2013), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Parker (2013), Stories We Tell (2013)
So, there are all twenty movies I watched in those three months. Yikes. Not a great batch. The best movie out of all of them is The King of Comedy. One of the few Martin Scorsese movies I had never seen and I think it’s one of his best. This is when Robert DeNiro still gave a shit about acting and turned in one of the creepiest performances ever, which is saying something considering this is the man who played Travis Bickle. It’s also one of the few times I’ve been able to stomach Sandra Bernhard who is actually fantastic in this. Same with Jerry Lewis. I’ve never really been a fan of his but he really gets this role and plays it perfectly.
That’s really the only classic too. I did watch F For Fake but I don’t know if it’s really achieved classic status. I watched mainly out of curiosity. A pseudo-documentary by Orson Welles about a guy who was great at duplicating famous works of art and fooling museums and art critics and making millions. Some of the story is true, some of it’s not. You get the idea of what the theme is. It’s a good movie but it felt like it presumed you knew what the art world in Europe was like back then without explaining much.
Despite watching Troll 2, the worst movie was In The Name Of…I don’t even feel like typing out it’s title. It’s an Uwe Boll movie so obviously it’s garbage. I only watched it because a bad movie podcast called How Did This Get Made? was going to be talking about it and the entire thing was on Youtube so I figured what the hell. It’s that awful kind of movie that isn’t even entertaining with nothing to redeem itself. Troll 2 however, is fucking hilarious. There’s even a great documentary about Troll 2 called Best Worst Movie that talks about the cult surrounding it and how it’s affected the lives of the poeple who made it since it came out. I still think The Room is a better bad movie though.
I was obviously burned out from watching over seventy movies the first two months. The notion of rooting out some classic or underseen movie was not appealing to me. That’s why this is really just a boring batch of movies. Hopefully the next couple of months makes up for this entry. Until then, keep reaching for those stars! What?
Okay, so I’m back and continuing on with my series of movies that I’ve watched this year. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just go back to the previous entry and read that. Also, why haven’t you read it? Monster. So in order, here are the movies I watched in February and the years they came out.
Sound City (2012), Barton Fink (1991), The Muppets (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), The King of Fighters (2010), Warm Bodies (2013), Conan the Barbarian (2011), Paths of Glory (1957), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Dictator (2012), Brother’s Keeper (1992), The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012), Bully, (2011), The Last Stand (2013), Warrior (2011), Silent Hill Revelation (2012), Beginers (2010), The Bitter Buddha (2012), Holy Motors (2012), Silent House (2011), My Bloody Valentine (2009), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), Blow Out (1981), Real Steel (2011), Magic Mike (2012), The Night of The Hunter (1955), The Killing (1956), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1935), Quadrophenia (1979)
So a total of 29 new (to me) movies in February. The first thing that struck me while going back over this list is that I was still a little burned out on classics for the first part of the month after my marathon in January. Eventually I got back on the horse by the end but man did I waste my time on some movies in here. Although it’s good to watch some trash every now and then. The hard part is finding good trash (The Last Stand) and avoiding the bad (Conan the Barbarian).
There are some amazing titles however. Holy Motors for instance. I have no idea how to explain it to people and I don’t even really get it, but that’s fine. It’s an experience like no other and it felt very personal and heartfelt. Definitely not something I would recommend to a casual movie watcher though. I finally saw a couple of classic Kubrick movies (Paths of Glory, The Killing) that had eluded me which makes me very happy. I believe the only Kubrick movie I haven’t seen now is Killer’s Kiss. It’s a bit of a bummer to know that once I watch it there will be no more new (to me) Kubrick films to watch.
I would like to address something. When I told people I watched Magic Mike the responses were mainly, “Really?! Why?!” or “Please say you watched it with someone.” These reactions were from people who are normally level-headed and reasonable too. Sure some of the responses were meant to be jokes but it’s 20-fucking-13. Those jokes are lame and done. I wanted to watch it for a few reasons 1. I heard good things 2. Steven Soderbergh directed it 3. Why the fuck not? Am I going to “catch” gay because I watched a movie about male strippers? Even if after I watched it I realized I was gay, what would be the problem? There might be a problem in that would’ve taken me this long to realize it maybe, but that’s about it. I watched it, I enjoyed it and I still find women attractive. So for the sake of society, stop acting like the asshole jocks in a 1980’s teen comedy.
Now for the glaringly obvious. No I had not seen To Kill A Mockingbird until this year. For this I felt shame. As a movie fan it’s one that should be seen as soon as possible and now I know why. There’s not much I can say about it that hasn’t been said before so I’ll just say that it’s more than deserving of its status as one of the best of all time.
I think the biggest surprise was Warm Bodies. It’s nice to see a zombie movie that isn’t totally nihilistic and morose and plays around with the “rules” of what zombies are. The biggest disappointment would be Conan the Barbarian. I wasn’t going in with hopes of an incredible movie or anything, I just wanted a bad-ass Conan movie. Instead it was super-boring and took itself way too seriously while also softening the edges of Conan. He’s not supposed to be that likable or noble of a character. He does things for himself and that’s it. It’s a shame because Jason Momoa could be a great Conan if the script were way better.
I think that’s all for the month of February. Look forward to the next one where I watched a grand total of nine movies for the month of March!
So late last year I was reading a blog by actor Pat Healy. If you’re not familiar with him you should look up his stuff on imdb. Compliance, The Innkeepers etc. Really great actor. Anyway, he had written about his favourite movies of that year and what struck me about it was that he kept track of every single movie he watched that year. Why the hell didn’t I think of that? So simple and obvious. It’s cool to look back on and remember every one since I’ve never been able to recall every movie I’ve seen in a year. It makes it much easier to make a list of your favourites like he had. What was really cool was that it was every movie he saw that year that he had never seen before. Didn’t matter if it came out in the 30’s or the week before, he logged it. So I decided to do the same thing this year. Especially now with Netflix, iTunes and VOD it’s much easier to see movies I’ve never had the chance to. Small town Canada isn’t known for promoting stuff by Kurosawa or Godard.
I had the brilliant idea of trying to average a new (to me) movie a day but after a couple of months I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to. I went crazy in January and watched over 40 movies, February had almost 30 and then March had 9. I kind of burnt myself out. My point is that I’ve decided to write about each month’s movies and what I learned or why I didn’t watch as many etc. I’ll break it up into each month or a couple of months at once since some I watched very few. Perhaps most surprisingly I’ll do them in order. Sorry? That’s the normal way someone would do this? Fine, be an ass.
I’m first going to list the movies and the year they came out and then talk about the month after the list. Don’t worry, they won’t be individual reviews. So here’s January.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Knuckle (2011), Blow Up (1966), The Seventh Seal (1957), The 400 Blows (1959), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Great Dictator (1940), Being There (1979), Breathless (1960), Premium Rush (2012), Seven Samurai (1959), Compliance (2012), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Bullitt (1968), Harold & Maude (1972), Vertigo (1958), Modern Times (1936), Freaks (1932), Klute (1971), Rashomon (1950), Gangster Squad (2013), Bernie (2011), Sexy Beast (2000), Hugo (2011), General Orders No. 9 (2009), The Skin I Live In (2011), Total Recall (2012), Jeff, Who Lives At Home (2011), Cedar Rapids (2011), The Last Picture Show (1971), Bones Brigade (2012), Blue Velvet (1986), On The Waterfront (1954), Colombiana (2011), Ted (2012), Lockout (2012), Friends With Kids (2011), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengenace (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), Searching For Sugarman (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), Cleanflix (2009), These Amazing Shadows (2011), Yojimbo (1961).
So 45 in total for the first month. A bit of overkill really. Especially since I watched so many classic, heavy movies I didn’t really give them time to set in. That was all in order by the way. So as you can see as it got closer to the end of the month I was watching less classics and more recent, easier to digest movies. I feel like I need to watch some of them again to really get them. Ones like The 400 Blows and The Last Picture Show haven’t really stuck with me despite my loving them. The ones I really fell in love with however were Seven Samurai, Klute and Freaks.
Seven Samurai is a movie that is known amongst movie fans to be one of the all time best and I’ve always felt guilty that I had never seen it. I also had no real way of watching it up until the last few years either. Now that I’ve seen it I fully understand why it’s so beloved. Not only is it just an interesting story that has been remade (ripped off) many times but it’s done in such a groundbreaking way. For it’s time no other movie looked the way it did. Every time you see a shot of a horde of men riding horses cresting over a hill you can thank this movie. Really, this film deserves its own entry and I might do that in the future. If I start to really get in to it this will be endless.
Of the modern ones I watched I think Compliance was the one I remember most. It’s one of those movies that’s incredible and really moves you but you never want to watch again. It’s truly disturbing, especially since there were many cases of it happening. I would just recommend watching it without me explaining it.
The thing I love about this the most was that I better understand modern movies and have a new appreciation of some of my favourites. Whether it’s something as simple as understanding more references or realizing just how groundbreaking some modern movies are it’s made me a better movie fan. Also watching something like the remake of Total Recall amongst true cinematic classics highlights what a garbage movie that was.
Re-reading the list did give me a bit of a rush when remembering certain movies though. Which was nice. Being as surprised as I was at how much I enjoyed the ludicrous Premium Rush, how unsettling Freaks was and realizing that Toshiro Mifune is now one of my favourite actors of all time thanks to Seven Samurai, Rashomon and Yojimbo. I had always read about how he just popped off the screen and stole everything he was in and now I feel like I’m part of some club that I wasn’t in before.
If you want to know what ratings I gave each movie, here’s a link to the film diary I’ve kept all year. http://letterboxd.com/sweatysoul/films/ So you’ll also get to see every movie I’ve seen so far! A preview of what’s to come! Woohoo!
In closing, I fucking love movies.
So here’s some more rambling from me. This is just because I feel like writing but I am actually working on something else. Crazy right?! It’s about all the different movies I’ve watched this year and the importance of watching high brow art and b movie trash. So look forward to that you assholes! That’s my pet name for everyone.
In other news (not really), I just watched a documentary called How To Make Money Selling Drugs and it was great. It took the concept of how broken the war on drugs is in the States and presented it like an instructional video game. Very informative and also enraging. The way addicts are treated and how the US government doesn’t really care about actually solving the problem, just making money, is absolutely infuriating. But it’s presented in an entertaining manner. So go watch that.
Now, I was going to write a big tirade about the movie and how I felt but as soon as I stopped the movie, professional darts was on TV and I couldn’t stop laughing at how ridiculous that was compared to what I had just watched. It cheered me up in a way that I didn’t expect. Just how ludicrous it is that there are people who actually go to watch guys throw darts at a board and cheer along. Not only that, it’s popular enough to warrant television coverage with instant slo-mo replays of the darts hitting the board. We are capable of such utter nonsense that I wish everyone could experience that. I wish that life was equal and fair for everyone so that we could all either cheer on fat guys throwing bits of metal at a wall or just shake our heads and go cheer on whatever other ridiculous thing we love. That should be some kind of rallying cry. “Darts for everyone!” We should be fighting all the horror and ignorance in our world so that everyone knows what it’s like to love the most absurd, stupid thing on earth along with everyone else. The inalienable right to be goofy. Please, vote for me this upcoming election.
I’m not entirely sure if what I just wrote made any sense at all but I wanted to keep in the practice of writing. Especially nonsensical ramblings. Enjoy assholes!