2 State Capitol Police Officers Hurt

WRVA News
May 31, 2020 - 4:28 am
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Richmond, VA _  Two State Capitol Police officers were taken to the hospital with injuries Saturday evening, amid a second night of protests sparked by the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.  A police spokesman says both officers received leg injuries when items were thrown at them by protestors who had gathered near the main gate to Capitol Square.  One officer was hit with a bat, and the other by a beer bottle.

Richmond Police officers were deployed into the early morning hours, dispersing crowds with tear gas and pepper spray.  In once instance, there were reports of a person being hit in the chest with a rubber bullet.

There were also reports of fires and vandalism.  Fires were set to an apartment building in the 300 block of West Broad Street near North Belvidere,  Rhodes Hall at VCU in the 700 block of  West Franklin Street, as well as at the United Daughters of the Confederacy building on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard.  Witnesses say once police cleared the way for firefighters to put out the apartment fire, protesters placed burning trash in the middle of  West Broad.

The Robert E. Lee and Stoneall Jackson statues were covered in graffiti.  Protesters also broke windows and doors to enter the 24-hour CVS in the 2700 block of West Broad Street near Boulevard.