RPD Says Officers Injured During Lee Monument Operation

Protestors Call Move "Extreme Escalation"

July 30, 2020 - 4:37 pm
The Lee Monument on the morning (June 3, 2020) that Governor Ralph Northam ordered it removed.  (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Richmond Police say officers suffered minor injuries in an operation at the Lee Monument that protestors are calling "extreme escalation."  Police say they moved in on protestors at the Monument to get compliance with laws governing the area, saying there were health and community concerns.

Police say there were mutliple felony arrests, two of which were for assault of an officer.  The Department says they did have to use pepper spray and a Taser as part of the operation.

Police say over the past two months, protestors have occuppied the Monument, and laws have been biolated, including business without a permit, and setting up tents.