Richmond’s top prosecutor investigating police’s use of tear gas before curfew

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Richmond City Hall on Tuesday, June 2

The crowd at Richmond City Hall on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney met the group to apologize for police actions on Monday night that resulted in peaceful demonstrators being tear-gassed by Richmond City Police prior to the 8 p.m. curfew. (Photo: Tayla Cunningham)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin assured Michael Jones, the city’s 9th District representative, that her office is investigating the police’s use of tear gas on protesters before Monday’s 8 p.m. curfew.

Jones sent a letter Tuesday to McEachin urging her to consider opening an investigation after officers teargassed protesters near the Lee statue on Monument Ave.

“Protestors gathered peacefully at the Robert E. Lee monument on Monday, June 1, 2020 where they were teargassed by officers of the Richmond Police Department nearly 30 minutes before the 8 p.m. curfew,” Jones wrote. “In an effort to restore public trust, I am asking that the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond investigate the events leading up to the officers teargassing the protestors.”

8News learned that McEachin informed Jones that her office was already investigating the incident.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.

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