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Investigation into Lee Monument tear gas incident still underway

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 19:25:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond's Commonwealth's Attorney says the investigation into police officers' use of tear gas on peaceful protesters at the Robert E. Lee monument is still ongoing.

The incident happened on June 1 when police used pepper spray and tear gas on a crowd of hundreds of peaceful protesters.

After the incident, Richmond Police tweeted: "To our peaceful protestors: We are sorry we had to deploy gas near the Lee Monument," Richmond Police tweeted. "Some RPD officers in that area were cut off by violent protestors. The gas was necessary to get them to safety."

Richmond's former Police Chief said he had reviewed tape of the tear gassing and called it an unwarranted action. The chief also said the officers involved have been pulled from the field and face.

Collette McEachin says Richmond Police's internal affairs department is conducting the investigation.

McEachin said that she'll decide if any charges will be filed after the investigation is completed.