‘It’s unacceptable’: Richmond Police Chief gets emotional while talking about protests that turned violent

Richmond Police Chief Will Smith

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Police Chief Will Smith got emotional during a press conference after the second night of protests in the city.

Chief Smith says last night protesters set fire to a few buildings, including a multi-family residence that was occupied by a child in the 300 block of West Broad Street.

As fire crews were arriving, Smith says protesters blocked the engine from reaching the fire.

“When you take a legitimate issue and hijack it for unknown reasons, that is unacceptable to me, it’s unacceptable to the Richmond Police Department, unacceptable to the city of Richmond,” said Smith.

While chocking up, Smith said officers were fortunate enough to make it inside the structure to rescue the child and family.

However, later in the week, Richmond fire officials said the family was already outside of the home when they arrived. They did say they were delayed in their response due to the protests, but not to the extent the chief alluded to in the press conference.

REWATCH the entire press conference here:

Mayor Stoney announces curfew for Richmond, calling riots ‘insult to the cause’

Copyright 2020 WWBT. All rights reserved.