Man attacks reporter during live coverage of protests; 10 arrested in Richmond

Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 2:38 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2016 at 12:16 PM EST
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Obenshain Center, HQ of Republican Party of VA, vandalized. (Source: NBC12)
Obenshain Center, HQ of Republican Party of VA, vandalized. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - WARNING: Videos contains foul language. Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters gathered in Richmond Wednesday night, a day after the presidential election. NBC12's Mike Valerio was covering the protests when someone attacked him.

"You created this, you understand that?!" yelled the unknown assailant.

"We're not about that!" yelled another protester as they pulled the assailant away from Mike Valerio.

Protesters flooded the street, shutting down roads and chanting anti-Trump messages.

During the protests, the Republican headquarters in downtown Richmond was vandalized, with windows smashed after someone threw a pumpkin at the door. The doorbell was also broken, and graffiti was painted on the building.

Protesters marched onto Interstate 95 around 10 p.m., blocking southbound traffic. Police had removed all the protesters and reopened the lanes by 10:30 p.m.

More protesters blocked off I-195 later in the evening. Police say the protesters sat down on the interstate and refused to move.

According to Richmond Police, 10 protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly and for being pedestrians on an interstate. All of the protesters arrested were between the ages of 20 to 26. Traffic was back open by 12:15 a.m.

Also overnight, two monuments on Monument Avenue were vandalized.

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