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Richmond Police detectives arraigned in unrest-related charges

Posted at 2:46 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:03:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Police detectives charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in connection to protests in Richmond, went before a judge Wednesday.

Detectives Mark Janowski and Christopher Brown were indicted by a Grand Jury earlier in the week.

At their arraignment Wednesday, their cases were continued to November. That's when both detectives will decide whether they want a jury or bench trial. Both officers declined to comment following their arraignments.

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Mark Janowski

A spokesperson for Richmond Police said the incident happened during civil unrest at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 31. Two days into protests throughout the city over the death of George Floyd. They said it happened on the 200 block of West Broad Street -- which is right outside police headquarters.

Police did not provide details on what happened, but court documents reference an assault against "another person."

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Christopher Brown

Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin originally presented 18 indictments -- which led to the charges for the two detectives.

McEachin was also in court Wednesday morning. She said the Commonwealth would not comment on pending cases.

McEachin said that status date would take place on the first Monday of November, which was when the detectives were due back in court.