"We want some accountability," said protest organizer Nathan Cox. "If I was to assault your cameraman, you would file charges against me. We want charges filed against officer Vance Richards for assaulting Devon Thomas. We also believe they need to be retrained, and like I said, the courts have affirmed our right to film public officials."
Petersburg Police are investigating the incident.
8News spoke with a legal analyst to find out what the law says pertaining to this situation. The mandate is clear: if you're in a public space and you are not interfereing with what police are doing, you have the right to take video of them.
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