MANASSAS, Va. — Virginia Delegate Lee Carter said Virginia State Police officers pointed rifles in his direction and threw flash-bang grenades at him during a "Justice for George Floyd" protest in Manassas, Va.
During the protest, Carter said he tried to speak to a the officer in charge. He said he walked up to the line, where there was no one else, and identified himself before officers pointed rifles and threw a flashbang at him.
Carter told MSNBC News that he was hit by a flash-bang three times, twice while walking away.
Taking to Twitter, Carter shared his experience at the protest in response to allegations that his presence at the demonstration provoked and instigated the tensions between protesters and law enforcement. He explained that protesters actually thanked him for his actions and it made it "harder for the state police to violently attack the crowd."