Police: Multiple people pepper-sprayed during Montpelier rally

Published: May. 17, 2021 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:37 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Police in Montpelier are investigating a pepper-spray assault on the Statehouse lawn.

Investigators say it happened Saturday after an anti-COVID vaccine protest.

Police say a group of protesters and counterprotesters had a disagreement that spiraled into a physical fight, and one woman pepper-sprayed several other people.

Investigators say they’re still trying to figure out exactly what led up to the altercation and they’re looking into reports that a protester called a counterprotester a racial slur.

Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete says the fight was uncalled for.

“To me, I think the entire situation could’ve been avoided if people would’ve just exercised a little more civil restraint and mutual respect to one another,” Peete said.

The chief says police are looking for surveillance video to get a better look at what happened.

He says the people involved could face charges.

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