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Richmond police responds to viral video appearing to show officer spit on protester

Posted at 9:24 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:28:23-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police has responded to a viral video appearing to show a Richmond officer spitting on a detained protester.

The department says the incident, which occurred during a demonstration Monday evening on Monument Avenue, did not happen as activists have claimed.

"A slow-motion analysis shows the officers spitting on the grass and not on the detainee who was sitting on a nearby curb. The frequent coughing and spitting was due to exposure to tear gas."

The video was recorded and posted on Twitter with more than 77,000 views.