UPDATE: Officers Pulled Over Tear Gassing

June 01, 2020 - 9:30 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)​


Richmond, VA _  Richmond Police were questioned Monday evening after peaceful protesters at the Lee Monument, were tear gassed prior to the city's 8 p.m. curfew.

The RPD later posted an apology on its Twitter page: 

"To our peaceful protestors:  We are sorry we had to deploy gas near the Lee Monument. Some RPD
officers in that area were cut off by violent protestors. The gas was necessary to get them to safety.  To our peaceful protestors: We stand with you today and will keep supporting your rights to express your opinions in safety." 

A short while later, this tweet was issued:


Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney also promised an apology, and requested the protesters come to City Hall in person at noon Tuesday so he could do it in person.

State Senator Jennifer McClellan was demanding answers in a Tweet of her own.


Earlier in the evening, Richmond Police Tweeted a warning after social media posts showed protestors appearing to try to pull the Stuart statue down:

"To our protestors: You are placing you and others in grave jeopardy by attempting to pull down statues on Monument Ave. They are extremely heavy and would crush anyone standing too close. Please be aware of the danger. Stand down!"


Media posts at the Stuart monument also showed a man trying to saw off a horses hoof with a hacksaw.