Police use chemicals on demonstrators near Richmond Police Headquarters

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 12:10:52-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police fired chemical agents at demonstrators who gathered late Sunday into early Monday to protest a previous incident in which a police car drove into a crowd.

Hundreds of people marched to the Richmond Police headquarters on Sunday night and engaged in an hourslong standoff with officers.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that police first shot a chemical agent into the crowd around 10 p.m. Sunday, and it was deployed again against a smaller crowd as the demonstration continued into Monday.

The group gathered in response to videos surfacing online showing a Richmond Police SUV pushing through a group of protesters near the Lee monument.

Police said officers in their SUV were "trapped by protesters" before being attacked near the Lee statue in Richmond Saturday night.

Sources said the officer who was attacked was punched.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called for a "full investigation" into the incident.

"I have spoken with the Commonwealth’s Attorney and have requested she investigate and expedite this review, along with several other cases from the past two weeks," Stoney said.

Additionally, the mayor said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the commonwealth’s attorney's investigation.

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