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Discussion about police use of non-lethal weapons scrapped from Richmond City Council meeting

Police and protesters square off outside the Richmond Police Department headquarters on Grace Street in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Police and protesters square off outside the Richmond Police Department headquarters on Grace Street in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 25, 2020.(Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 12:14 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - UPDATE (7/30 3:28 p.m.): The Richmond City Council will no longer discuss the use of force by police during a special council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3. As of a release sent around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, that discussion item has been taken off the agenda.

The Richmond City Council will hold a special council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3 to discuss the use of force by police, among other topics.

Council will take up a request to ban Richmond police officers from using certain non-lethal weapons to control unlawful assemblies, including flash bangs and tear gas, which we have seen being used during recent demonstrations.

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During the meeting, the council is also set to have a public hearing over the removal and relocation of the city’s confederate monuments.

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