Richmond mayor joins demonstrators after being shouted down

Richmond mayor joins demonstrators after being shouted down
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney joined racial justice demonstrators Tuesday, hours after an angry crowd shouted him down as he apologized for police lobbing tear gas at a group of peaceful demonstrators. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney joined racial justice demonstrators Tuesday, hours after an angry crowd shouted him down as he apologized for police lobbing tear gas at a group of peaceful demonstrators.

Video coverage showed Stoney wearing a dark blue mask with red and white figures on it as he spoke to a television news reporter.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax marched with protesters today in downtown Richmond.

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Before the march, several hundred people gathered outside City Hall, chanted “Fire them!” and repeatedly drowned out Stoney as he apologized and promised that the officers involved will face disciplinary action.

Video posted to social media showed a line of police launching tear gas toward a group of protesters on Monday who appeared to be peacefully gathered near a Confederate statue.

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