Gas deployed on demonstrators in Richmond during 4th consecutive night of protests

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Demonstrators are marching through Richmond for the fourth consecutive day to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died a week ago today after an encounter with four Minneapolis police officers who were responding to a call that he had allegedly used counterfeit money to purchase cigarettes from a local store. Video taken from the scene showed the officers pin Floyd, who was handcuffed, to the ground for several minutes.

All of the officers involved were fired and the officer seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he complained that he couldn’t breathe, Derek Chauvin, was eventually charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

In order to reassure residents of their commitment “to maintain the trust of the public,” the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and some local police chiefs issued statements on May 29 after charges against Chauvin were announced.

Since then, protests in Richmond and across Virginia have taken place over the last three days. In response to violent protests, including the destruction of businesses, patrol vehicles and a GRTC bus, a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Ralph Northam and an 8 p.m. curfew was put in place in Richmond.

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