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Latinxs in the Attic: (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of) Racial Borders in Faulkner's Light in August

Latinxs in the Attic: (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of) Racial Borders in... Paul M. Worley and Melissa Birkhofer Latinxs in the Attic (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of ) Racial Borders in Faulkner’s Light in August For Gabriel, Miguel, Jesús, and Elena porque el Nuevo South is por and para Uds. On November 13, 2013, 17- year- o ld Jesús “Chuy” Huerta of Durham, NC, was felled by a single gunshot to the head while in police custody. Having just been placed under arrest, Huerta was in the back of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind him when someone fired the fatal shot. Police reports of the incident claim the arresting officer missed a small handgun when patting Huerta down, the same gun with which Huerta then killed himself. The police also released previous informa- tion from Huerta’s family in which family members stated they feared for his safety and described the young man as suicidal. Family members and those in the wider community contested these assertions, asking how an officer could possibly miss a handgun when patting someone down and, far more disturbingly, how could a young man with his hands cuffed behind him even draw said handgun, much less manage to shoot himself in the head? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Latinxs in the Attic: (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of) Racial Borders in Faulkner's Light in August

The Comparatist , Volume 43 – Nov 15, 2019

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Abstract

Paul M. Worley and Melissa Birkhofer Latinxs in the Attic (Erasing Latinx Presence and the) Policing (of ) Racial Borders in Faulkner’s Light in August For Gabriel, Miguel, Jesús, and Elena porque el Nuevo South is por and para Uds. On November 13, 2013, 17- year- o ld Jesús “Chuy” Huerta of Durham, NC, was felled by a single gunshot to the head while in police custody. Having just been placed under arrest, Huerta was in the back of a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind him when someone fired the fatal shot. Police reports of the incident claim the arresting officer missed a small handgun when patting Huerta down, the same gun with which Huerta then killed himself. The police also released previous informa- tion from Huerta’s family in which family members stated they feared for his safety and described the young man as suicidal. Family members and those in the wider community contested these assertions, asking how an officer could possibly miss a handgun when patting someone down and, far more disturbingly, how could a young man with his hands cuffed behind him even draw said handgun, much less manage to shoot himself in the head?

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 15, 2019

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