Discussion about police use of non-lethal weapons scrapped from Richmond City Council meeting

Discussion about police use of non-lethal weapons scrapped from Richmond City Council meeting
Police and protesters square off outside the Richmond Police Department headquarters on Grace Street in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Source: Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond City Council will no longer discuss the use of force by police during a special council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.

Council was scheduled to take up a request to ban Richmond police officers from using certain non-lethal weapons to control unlawful assemblies, including flash bangs and tear gas, which we have seen being used during recent demonstrations. But as of a release sent around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, that discussion item has been taken off the agenda.

During the meeting, the council is also set to have a public hearing over the removal and relocation of the city’s confederate monuments.

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