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Protestor shoves police officer in Charlotte

Demonstrators hold a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Demonstrators hold a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Video shows CMPD Captain Brad Koch surrounded by chanting protestors Monday in front of the local government center before a white male protestor approaches and shoves him.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer who has met with and walked with demonstrators a number of times was involved in a scuffle Monday afternoon with protestors a day after he’d had another tense interaction.

Video shows CMPD Captain Brad Koch surrounded by chanting protestors Monday in front of the local government center before a white male protestor approaches and shoves him.

After being pushed, Captain Koch took the man to the ground as more protestors were seen piling on. He was the only officer in the immediate vicinity.

No injuries were reported but in a tweet, CMPD said Captain Koch was assaulted in broad daylight and is asking for the public’s help to identify those involved.

Captain Koch has repeatedly walked with protesters through the city. He was pictured kneeling alongside them last week. The police department said in a tweet that he has walked more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) with protesters in recent days.

But his interactions haven’t been well-received by all protesters. Some say he isn’t welcome to march with them.

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