RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia state police released footage Thursday from the body camera worn by a sergeant who was taken to the hospital after being struck with an object amid protests outside the Richmond Police Department’s headquarters earlier in the week.
In the video, which was shared on Virginia state police’s official Twitter page, the sergeant wearing the body camera is discussing plans about calling on more people to help in the response before an audible thud is heard. The sergeant yelps out in pain before complaining about his “knee.”
Police said in the video post that the sergeant was hit by a piece of asphalt and was taken to the hospital for his injuries. A reference to comments from Richmond Councilman Michael Jones, the city’s 9th District representative, that the police should release any video of violence is also mentioned.
“Since demands have been raised on social media & by #RVA elected officials to “show it” – #VSP Sgt. being injured by protesters Monday @RichmondPolice HQ – here’s the Sgt’s body cam,” the post from Virginia state police reads. “He was taken to the hospital, treated & released, thankfully. Warning, video contains profanity.”
In response to the released video, Councilman Jones tells 8News:
“I believe the Mayor (Levar Stoney) said it best in his press conference the other day that everyone deserves the right to go home safely. This tape shows one of several incidents and it would be great to see them all within context. I pray for the healing and recovery of everyone who’s been injured, including the officers. My focus now is on defunding the police. Show me your budget.”
Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, who joined Councilman Jones in calls for police to release video footage, tells 8News:
“It is hard to tell what is happening in this video. I hope that everyone, including this officer, is safe and well after these events. In no way will I ever condone violence, against anyone. In my experience, the protesters have been overwhelmingly peaceful.”
Virginia State Police later declared, “Throwing asphalt & urine-filled balloons weren’t rioters only tactics at #RVA protests this week. Ball bearings & Molotov cocktails intercepted. Rioters launched purple smoke grenades at #VSP & @RichmondPolice. Laser pointers to blind troopers. Glue thrown at face masks.”
Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.