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Commonwealth's attorney will review 'criminal behavior' allegations

Posted at 7:32 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 19:32:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin said she will review all allegations of criminal behavior that occurred during demonstrations in the city since they began last Friday.

McEachin said that includes accusations made against law enforcement.

"Our office will review all allegations of criminal behavior, including those brought against law enforcement; and if there are facts to prove a crime was committed, then we will bring the appropriate charges," McEachin said.

At least one person has filed a lawsuit against the four Richmond Police officers who deployed tear gas during Monday's peaceful demonstration at the Lee monument.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith called it an "unwarranted action."

"Chief Smith just reviewed video of gas being deployed by RPD officers near the Lee Monument and apologizes for this unwarranted action," Richmond Police tweeted Monday night. "These officers have been pulled from the field. They will be disciplined because their actions were outside dept protocols and directions given."

Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested for various violations.