Richmond Police say protesters attacked officer, damaged vehicle

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department released a statement in response to Saturday night’s incident near Monument Avenue where a police cruiser appears to hit a few protestors.

8News talked with protesters on scene and they claim the officer intentionally mowed protesters down.

RPD’s release states that around 9:30 p.m., several officers in a marked SUV were “trapped by protesters” on N. Allen Avenue.

Police said the videos circulating social media show protesters on foot, and with bicycles, refusing to allow the officers to pass, blocking the roadway.

According to RPD, objects were thrown at the police SUV, causing extensive damage. For safety concerns, RPD said officers remained inside their vehicle. The officer driving tried to back up and leave the area and that’s when protesters reportedly assaulted the officer through an open window.

“A protester held onto the side of the police vehicle as it attempted to leave,” RPD’s statement said. “The person then fell backwards over a bicycle as the officers were trying to leave the area again. As the officers drove away, protesters continued to throw more objects at the police SUV.”

RPD said they have received no reports of civilian injuries from the incident.

The department is now asking for the public’s help in identifying the persons who they say attacked an officer and vandalized an RPD vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.  RPD asked anyone with information to call (804) 646-6186.

While the investigation is underway, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he has asked RPD to put the officer on leave pending investigation by the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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