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Cell Phone Video Sparks Protest in Petersburg

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) - A cell phone video of police officers sparked a protest outside the Petersburg Courthouse Monday morning.

The video shows officers approaching the man holding the cell phone on which the video was filmed.

The 19-year-old man says that a police officer knocked his phone out of his hand and assaulted him for filming. The alleged assault is what spurred protestors into action.

"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.

Stay with 8News on air and online for updates to this developing story.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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