Police in Richmond, Virginia deployed tear gas against people protesting police violence on Monday.
Videos from the scene show clouds of gas as protesters run from the scene.
"To our peaceful protestors: We are sorry we had to deploy gas near the Lee Monument," Richmond Police posted on Twitter. "Some RPD officers in that area were cut off by violent protestors. The gas was necessary to get them to safety."
But protesters who were on the scene disputed the account.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney asked protesters who were gassed to come to a rally at City Hall on Tuesday so he could apologize in person.
To the peaceful protesters who were gassed tonight, please come. I want to apologize in person. https://t.co/EwKW4TFmAc— Levar M. Stoney (@Levar M. Stoney)1591059582.0
Here are some of the scenes from the incident:
I’m sorry - who’s the VIOLENT ONE NOW #rva #richmond #richmondprotest https://t.co/V3Wvv9hizy— Meredith (@Meredith)1591058648.0
From peaceful protest to the cops pepper spraying people. And yes, before curfew. Phone videos on y’all. https://t.co/EYxWyJPLI5— Chelsea Higgs (no hyphen) Wise (@Chelsea Higgs (no hyphen) Wise)1591055498.0
Tear gassing peaceful protestors without warning is unacceptable. We need more answers on why this happened. Witne… https://t.co/X6p0WEJ7Ee— Jennifer McClellan (@Jennifer McClellan)1591058995.0
Look at what’s happening everyone! The Cops are the thugs here. They clearly fired first shot and escalated the sit… https://t.co/MrUgUXkNRi— Antarchy🤯 (@Antarchy🤯)1591055053.0
@RichmondPolice Do you see any violence from us?? I sure don’t. https://t.co/WnnwvRalAj— Dem (@Dem)1591057500.0
Video of the tear gas spreading through crowd during #richmondprotest / #GeorgeFloydprotest in Richmond. https://t.co/ohLxZrOOeF— VPM (@VPM)1591055792.0