2 charged in Virginia Capitol protests

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two protesters at the Virginia Capitol have been charged for vandalism and indecent exposure.

Capitol Police said 23-year-old Patrick Talamantes of Sacramento, California, was charged with vandalism and littering after he tossed a container of red dye in a Capitol fountain.

Police said they stopped an unnamed woman who had a dye pack by another fountain, and she was issued a notice barring her from the Capitol for six months.

Police said Talamantes and the woman were part of a small group of protesters who called on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign while gathered at the Executive Mansion. Northam’s been under fire after a racist picture surfaced in his medical school yearbook.

Police said 45-year-old Michelle Sutherland of Florida was charged with indecent exposure in a separate protest related to the Equal Rights Amendment.

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