Petersburg mayor's comments spark protest

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Outraged Petersburg residents are planning a protest in response to Mayor Brian Moore's comments -- saying he "minimized" the seriousness of domestic violence.

City Manager William Johnson is accused of beating his wife a few days ago.

The Progress Index is reporting that the mayor upset several people when he commented, "we understand that [some city residents] are upset, but also they need to realize things happen in domestic relationships..."

The Progress Index also quotes Moore as saying, "There's always reconciliation. We're all human."

The silent protest will be Tuesday at 6:45 p.m., just prior to the City Council meeting. It will be held at the Union Train Station at 103 River Street in Petersburg.

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