Media Releases Durham PD "After Action Report," Highlights Anarchist Involvement

  • Posted on: 17 December 2014
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The following article is from corporate news in Durham. It draws upon an internal report from DPD that can be seen here.


A report released Tuesday on recent protests in Durham suggests an anarchist group may be responsible for aggravating demonstrators already frustrated with police officers.

The report comes after Durham police officers arrested 51 people during protests on Dec. 5, 10 and 13. During each of the demonstrations, protesters blocked roadways throughout the city.

The report, released by City Manager Thomas Bonfield, suggests the demonstrations were escalated due to the interference of anarchist groups known that have been involved in previous protests in the city.

"Anarchists use and take advantage of local citizens that are upset about a current event," the report said.

Click Here to read the full report

The report points to an incident earlier this year when protesters marched in response of the death of Jesus Huerta, who died from a gunshot wound to his head while handcuffed in the backseat of a Durham police cruiser.

"During the Huerta marches, anarchists surrounded themselves with local citizens during marches, then changed into all black clothing to disguise their identity to commit criminal acts in anonymity, finally returning to the crowd to discard the black clothing and masks," the report said.

Recent grand jury decisions in New York and Missouri not to indict two white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men have incited similar marches in the city, which the report said were promoted by anarchist groups.

The largest of those demonstrations was Dec. 5, when 31 protesters were arrested after they blocked the Durham Freeway, as well as Chapel Hill, Mangum and Vivian streets and Rigsbee Avenue.

"This even was being promoted by many, including a Carrboro and Chapel Hill group known as the Prison Books Collective," the report said. "This group seems to have a close association with other groups from Chapel Hill: the UNControllables and Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro. These groups tout themselves as anarchists and openly express anti-police agendas."

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said he has "no doubt" that anarchist groups are behind some of the recent protests.

"Everything that I've gotten through intelligence and social media and information from other people points to that," Lopez said. "I think it's also reflected in some of the people that we've arrested who have been involved in a lot of anarchist-type situations before. And if you look at their social spots, you'll see that what they're talking about is anarchist movements."

During the Dec. 5 demonstrations, police said several officers were assaulted, including one who was assaulted and knocked to the ground.

Some of those protesters, however, contend that it was the police officers who were combative, complaining about the force Durham police officers used during the demonstrations. One protester, 21-year-old Adrienne Harreveld, described the officers' actions as "excessive."

"One women started walking toward an officer and she was pulled down to the ground, and other officers gathered towards here to arrest her," Adrienne Harreveld recalled.

"I went up to the officer and said, 'Excuse me sir, can I please see your badge number.' He looked me up and down for a second, and then grabbed me and threw me to the concrete. ... I felt people grabbing me from behind and a knee in my stomach."

The report released Tuesday said anarchists are known to "downplay their acts and demonize police action" following their demonstrations.



UNControllables, damn what a good name

Motherfucking goddamn good name! NC, what can I say?

""I went up to the officer and said, 'Excuse me sir, can I please see your badge number.' He looked me up and down for a second, and then grabbed me and threw me to the concrete. ... I felt people grabbing me from behind and a knee in my stomach.""

It should be reading:

"I went up to the officer, politely asked him for a light then hit him with a hammer on the forehead, so hard that he suddenly fell on the concrete. I flew the scene before the cops could get me."

So I dunno... smells like carefully-planted leftism somewhere.

That's a really helpful comment for us locally, thanks.

Also, it should have been "fled" the scene. That's not even illiteracy … its something more fundamental, like he has a speech impediment because he's so dumb. "My stupid impedes my words out my mouth."

Yep, those are the sort of quotes I myself often give to THE CORPORATE FUCKING MEDIA!

huh... ok, I didn't read that warning at the beginning written in small letters.

Now second cause for complainings: text size!!!


yeah. seems like that was some rando person media interviewed. yer point?

Glad this was posted. Wondering how people there are thinking about moving forward given these reports and attention from media and the police.

Seems like the decision has been made for anarchists to run as anarchists there. The anarchist figure is twice recognizable; first as a trustworthy place to turn if you feel like revolting (thinking back to gratitude expressed by friends and family), second as the militant subject by the police. There's of course the question of strategy, but also of what sort of relationships can be established between non-anarchists and self-described anarchists: does everyone become anarchists? Do the anarchists stay anarchists, and non-anarchists come to them when they want to get down? What does generalization look like? Basic questions.

If anarchists are a known figure in Durham, is it possible for an anarchist position to be expressed in broader-reaching forums than social media? Like, would it be possible to get a "from the anarchists" article into local news?

good questions, i think, for not just us here but others in other cities too, i spose. The " here are the anarchists" element hasnt come so much from us here though as the media --and when theyve done so theyve really consistently tried to paint @s as coming from chapel rather than durham, which carries a racializing effect to it. This has largely backfired--even a corporate papers editor did a piece directly opposing the outside agitator thing.

In the demos themselves, some anarchists have been fairly identifiable, by banners or whatnot, but others are also masking up, stepping out of bounds, etc., and this blurs boundaries in really important ways. People havent been particularly committed to staying confined to an identity or aesthetic, either in the streets or in their various networks. This media article and the after action report by police gives the wrong impression in that regard, one that the media and police may have but isnt necessarily reflective of how things have felt and gone down in the streets.

a quote from a zine people distributed here in the hundreds after the second march:

"We should be clear: anarchists, who are by no means all white and only a minority of whom are from Chapel Hill, are present at these demonstrations in Durham. They were intrinsically involved in not just combative street protest but also vigils, legal support, communication with the family, and outreach during the Chuy protests, and have been involved more recently in calling for solidarity protests, spreading word online, bringing drums and banners to protests, and doing legal support and fundraising. But anarchists are only one of the many groups of angry and militant individuals who have been showing up—they are not professional agitators or riot tourists, but simply one aspect of these protests who bring a sincere hatred and deep critique of police in this society. The fact that aggressive and combative activity has expanded beyond any one political identity or aesthetic, including the anarchists, is part of this movement’s power.

Thats a really thoughtful little paragraph, quite like it!

Knockout punch on tape against coo
"Fuck da police"

ahhh HA. thanks random poster! Merry fuckin christmas

Obviously, Durham shut that newspaper-boxes-in-the-street troll up because they aren't on here trolling about newspaper boxes in the street. See page 9 of the report:

"Protesters marched back toward CCB Plaza and threw newspaper racks in the street as
they marched."

Well done, all.

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