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Protesters tear-gassed by Durham cops while questioning teen’s suspicious death

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Demonstrators demanding answers from police in Durham, North Carolina were met with armed resistance and tear gas on Thursday night, in what could be the first in a series of confrontations.

WNCN-TV reported that the protest questioned authorities’ possible role in the death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the back of a police car while handcuffed on Nov. 19.

Police have insisted the wound was self-inflicted, and Chief Jose Lopez said in a Friday press conference that findings from the State Bureau of Investigation back up that claim; the bureau reported “a saturation of gunshot residue” on a glove Huerta was wearing at the time of his death.

Huerta’s sister, Evelin Huerta, released a statement on Friday ripping both Lopez’s explanation and his department’s handling of the protest.

“The actions of the Durham Police Department last night, led by Chief Lopez, were a tried and true tactic to intimidate and spread fear in our community,” her statement read. “The Durham Police cannot be trusted to investigate my brother’s death, and we need a federal investigation. We call on Chief Lopez to resign immediately in light of his leadership that put dozens of armed police on the streets to scare residents and turned a memorial vigil into a war zone last night.”

The Durham Herald-Sun reported that about 150 people took part in the demonstration. When the protest march reached a police parking lot, they were met by police in riot gear, some of them carrying what appeared to be billy clubs, and ordered to disperse. Police also ordered the protesters to leave CCB Plaza downtown, before advancing toward them, ripping banners some members of the crowd were carrying, and using tear gas.

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In a press release late Thursday night, Lopez praised his officers for showing “restraint and professionalism.”

“Some arrests were made and officers were forced to deploy teargas to disperse the crowd after rocks and bottles were thrown at the police,” Lopez’s statement read. “Although this was billed as a peaceful event, several participants donned masks, committed vandalism, assaulted officers and failed to heed commands to disperse.”

Protesters have since said they plan to continue to demonstrate on the 19th of every month to bring attention to the case.

Watch a report on the protest, as aired on WNCN on Thursday, below.

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CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’

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A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.

During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.

Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.

"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."

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Andrew McCabe rains hell on ‘insanely stupid’ Trump in epic rant before calling for impeachment hearings

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe unleashed hell on President Donald Trump for launching yet another unprovoked attack on him, saying the president says lots of "stupid things."

On Wednesday evening, the president smeared McCabe, with Trump calling him "terrible" and saying he couldn't do anything -- including go to the bathroom -- without former FBI Director James Comey's permission.

Given a chance to respond by CNN's John Berman, McCabe didn't hold back.

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‘Out of his depth’: Trump holding back on Iran because he understands it’s harder than ‘swinging’ at a primary foe

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During a discussion on news that Iran has shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace on CNN, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman explained that Donald Trump is in no rush to respond militarily because, for once, he knows he's "out of his depth."

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Habermann said that the president will likely get advice from national security adviser John Bolton to push back militarily, but that Trump doesn't seem interested in taking on as large a task as going to war.

"He usually responds to a provocation when it's a smaller thing that he can punch and knock down," Haberman explained. "He's pretty aware he can't actually do that with Iran. So I don't think you're going to see the typical, you know, as if he were swinging back at a primary foe. I think he is going to actually be a little more careful in what he says."

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