Richmond police deny officer spit on detained protester in viral video

Richmond police deny officer spit on detained protester in viral video

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are denying that an officer was spitting on a detained protester in a viral video.

The video took place at a demonstration on Monument Avenue on the fourth night of protests in downtown Richmond.

Police say after reviewing the video in slow motion, the officers were spitting on the grass and not on the detainee who was sitting on a nearby curb.

The frequent coughing and spitting were due to exposure to tear gas.

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