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Grand Rapids Police investigating video of man appearing to get shot in the face with tear gas

The original post on Twitter has been viewed nearly 3 million times.
Credit: Courtesy: James Curley

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Dan Adams confirmed Tuesday that the city has an internal investigation for a social media post that circulated after the protest Saturday that appears to show a man getting shot from close range by tear gas and mace. 

The original post on Twitter has been viewed nearly 3 million times and retweeted over 67,000 times as of Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. 

The post is from Saturday night when violence erupted following a peaceful protest against police brutality on black people in downtown Grand Rapids. The protest was originally planned in reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  

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That night Grand Rapids police arrested 7 people when the protest turned violent. City officials said there were no serious injuries to members of the community or law enforcement. However, 100 businesses were impacted by damage, 7 police cars were burned -- five from Wyoming and two from Grand Rapids -- along with three structure fires and several dumpster fires. 

A citywide temporary curfew was put in place for Monday and Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. following the night of unrest. 

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