RPD says it’s not affiliated with protest ‘challenge coins’ circulating on social media

Richmond police deny affiliation with controversial coin

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department says it did not buy or distribute challenge coins that depict Richmond and Virginia officers at summer protests.

One coin, which was photographed and posted on social media, shows Virginia State Police officers near the Richmond police headquarters, with the Robert E. Lee statue and fireworks in the background.

Several of the photographed coins included crude and derogatory messages.

The department released this statement on Saturday:

“The Richmond Police Department is aware of social media posts circulating regarding challenge coins. RPD is not affiliated in any way with these challenge coins. The Department did not request, purchase, or distribute the challenge coins, nor does RPD know who did. Chief Smith vehemently opposes the false representation of these unsanctioned challenge coins.”

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