Richmond Mayor Won't Renew Curfew

WRVA News
June 03, 2020 - 2:51 pm
Richmond protesters at Willow Lawn

Matt Demlein WRVA News

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Richmond, VA _  Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney will not be renewing a curfew following days of protest over the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.

A planned protest march that was originally to start at Short Pump Town Center, move to Willow Lawn, and then to downtown Richmond hit a snag Wednesday after the Town Center blocked off some entrances and had security manning other entrances and questioning people about their purpose for being there.  

Protesters drove to Willow Lawn to begin their march to the Robert E. Monument. 

Richmond Police overnight arrested seven people following peaceful protests, and posted the following on their Facebook page:

"Just after midnight, small groups of protesters broke away from the main group. We then began receiving reports of random gunfire in various areas – a few blocks from the remaining demonstrators. RPD officers responded quickly, stopped multiple cars believed to be involved, and engaged in a foot pursuit. Their actions resulted in the following arrests and seizures:

- Seven people arrested (only two with addresses listed in the city)
- Five handguns
- Two sets of ballistic body armor
- Two gas masks
- Accelerants and bottles

Officers also found several unoccupied vehicles in the 500 block of West Grace Street that had been struck by gunfire.

RPD officers are working tirelessly to ensure the City of Richmond is safe for its citizens. Peaceful demonstrators continue to be infiltrated by those with destructive and/or potentially violent intent – many of whom are not from Richmond."