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Richmond Police Officer Uses Vehicle To Push Through Protesters

On Saturday night, a Richmond police officer drove through a small group of protesters blocking the street near the Robert E. Lee statue. 

Video circulating on social media appears to show protesters using their bikes to block a police SUV from entering the roundabout at Lee Circle. The officer tries to back up the vehicle and drive around the group, but is still blocked. At that point, the officer advances the vehicle through the group, pushing at least one protester to the ground. 

The Richmond Police Department issued a statement via Twitter at 12:05 a.m. Sunday morning, saying they were investigating the incident. The Department is also investigating whether an officer inside the vehicle was assaulted. That was not seen in any of the videos posted to social media. 

In a statement on Sunday, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he has asked the Commonwealth’s Attorney to investigate the incident. He has also called for the officer driving the vehicle to be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

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