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Capitol Police officers hit with bat, beer bottle during Richmond protest

Posted at 1:31 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 02:16:15-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two Capitol Police officers have been taken to the hospital after they were hit by objects protesters threw at them, according to a police spokesperson.

The incident happened when people were gathered near the main gate to Capitol Square, officials said.

One officer was hit by a baseball bat. The other was struck by a beer bottle.

Both were transported to VCU Medical Center where they were treated for leg injuries.

No additional details were available at last check.

Two state troopers were also hit by objects Saturday night when they were trying to break up a large "unruly crowd" in Prince William County.

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WTVR CBS 6 is monitoring this event, while keeping our distance afar to protect our news crews. There has been a great deal of violence against journalists over the last 48 hours and we want to keep you informed, but will put the safety of our employees first. In fact, we have multiple security guards with our crews to help avoid danger, rather than go into it.