Six arrested near VA Robert E. Lee monument after police hit by paintballs, other objects

Per CNN, Police arrested six people at a protest near the Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia’s capital, after some people fired paintballs and threw things at officers trying to disperse the gathering, authorities said.

The Hill reports six people were arrested in Richmond, Va., on Friday night near the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee after clashes with local police.

The Richmond Police Department said Saturday morning that officers arrived at the statue to declare an unlawful assembly where about 75 to 100 protesters had gathered. The officers were then struck with paintballs and other objects.

According to DailyMail, chaos broke out near the Robert E. Lee statue where a crowd of 75 to 100 people had gathered and remained at 10pm – despite grounds closing at sunset.

Richmond Police declared an unlawful assembly minutes later after protesters began to fire paintballs at officers, leaving four cops and one trooper injured.

One officer required hospital treatment after he was struck in the back of the helmet with a hard object, authorities said.