Police and protesters clashed again at Lee Monument

Posted at 8:22 AM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 18:21:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police and protesters clashed again Friday night around the Lee Monument in Richmond.

The state of Virginia ordered protesters out of the area surrounding the statue each night at sundown following weeks of unrest in the city.

Each night protesters speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice stay past the curfew. Each night police arrive to disperse the crowd.

About 100 people remained around the monument Friday night at 9:40 p.m., according to Richmond Police. When police arrived at about 10 p.m,, a Richmond Police spokesperson said protesters left the area surrounding the statue.

Fifteen minutes later, Richmond Police declared the situation an Unlawful Assembly when police said paintballs were fired at officers.

Virginia State Police posted video on social media that appeared to show a firework set off from the crowd of protesters toward police.

A Richmond Police spokesperson said officers did not use tear gas to disperse the crowd on Friday night. That spokesperson said one officer did use pepper spray.

But videos and images posted on social media showed the scene on Monument Avenue and journalists covering the confrontation reported the use of a tear gas-like substance. It was unclear which law enforcement agency was responsible.

Six people, including one person under the age of 18, were arrested, according to Richmond Police.

The person under 18 years old was charged with unlawful assembly, obstruction of justice, and assaulting a law enforcement officer (firing paintballs), according to police.

The three adults charged with misdemeanor unlawful assembly were identified as:

Christopher Anders, 28, of Richmond

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Jay Skinner, 27, of Richmond

Andrew Kuykendall, 30, of Richmond

The one adult was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and obstruction of justice was identified as Spencer Kelley, 29, of Richmond.

The one adult was charged with unlawful assembly and obstruction of justice was identified as Caroline Matteson, 29, of Richmond.

Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old charged with a felony for the paintball shots, in addition to misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and obstruction of justice.

In addition to the four Richmond Police officers and one Virginia State Trooper struck with paintballs, a Richmond Police spokesperson said two officers were struck with hard objects. One of those officers was treated at the hospital. The extent of that officer's injuries was not released.

No information was immediately available about injuries sustained by protesters.

Police said most protesters left the area by 11:35 p.m.



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