(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Richmond Police Issue Statement On Possible Rally

Say Monument Avenue Will Be Open

May 03, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) –  Richmond Police have issued a statement ahead of a potential pro-Confederate monument rally this weekend along Monument Avenue:  

"The Richmond Police Department is experienced in crowd control and maintaining public safety during demonstrations. Should an assembly occur on Monument Avenue this Saturday, even though no group has applied for a permit, the department will have enough resources in place during the event to keep the neighborhood safe.

Unlawful activity will not be tolerated and will quickly be met by a proactive police response.

Monument Avenue will be open as usual this weekend, without restrictions.

We ask anyone who comes to Monument Avenue to be cooperative and non-confrontational. They should stay out of the roadway, remain on the sidewalks and cross in the crosswalks."

The group CSA II (The New Confederate States of America) are planning their third rally around the Robert E. Lee Statue on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue. The event is slated for Saturday May 5th.  The first rally, in September, drew a large crowd and a large police response.  There was a sparse crowd at a second rally in December.