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Video shows what sparked unrest outside Richmond Police headquarters

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 00:04:19-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- This was the scene outside Richmond Police Headquarters, captured by WTVR CBS 6 News photojournalists Monday night, as police and protesters faced each other at the "Defund the Police" protest.

Around the :49 mark, you can see a protester knock down a cone that held up police tape used to separate the two sides.

An officer then goes into the crowd to detain that person.

"A protester was arrested last night during a demonstration outside the Richmond Police Department Headquarters," a Richmond Police spokesperson confirmed. "At approximately 10:15 p.m., James Swanson, 24, of Richmond, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a releasable summons."

The police spokesperson said, "the crowd grew unruly to the point where an 'Unlawful Assembly' command was issued and broadcast repeatedly to the crowd, directing the protesters to disperse."

She said pepper spray, fogger, and tear gas were deployed by police. No injuries were reported.

Richmond Police Chief William Smith resigned on Tuesday.