LYCNHBURG, Va. – Authorities said several officers were injured and two protesters had been arrested after demonstrations turned violent in Lynchburg overnight.
According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers responded to the Fifth and Federal intersection for “disorderly crowds” blocking the road.
As soon as officers arrived, police said protesters began throwing stones and attacked officers. Several officers were injured and one was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said the crowd was ordered to disperse several times, and officials “deployed chemical agents” when people refused to leave the Fifth and Federal regions.
Brian Davis, 33, from Campbell County was charged with throwing projectile missiles at occupied buildings and unlawful assemblies. Authorities say others were arrested at the crossing of the 12th and Chuch roads. Police said details of the arrest would be released later.
According to the police department, protesters damaged property along 5 Street, including police cars and ABC stores near the 12th crossing and the Church.
“The LPD respects the right to protest peacefully. When the protests turn violent and threaten the safety of our community, we must take action, as we have tonight. Failing to take action will threaten the safety of peaceful protesters, uninvolved communities, and our officers. ”
Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation.
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