State, local leaders hold ‘call to action’ event in response to weekend unrest in Richmond

State, local leaders hold ‘call to action’ event in response to weekend unrest in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - In response to several nights of unrest in Richmond, state and local leaders held a “Call to Action” event to address concerns arising from the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minnesota police officer pressed a knee into the back of his neck.

“We need to do better. We need to do better,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said.

Mayor Stoney, Richmond Police Chief & Sen. Tim Kaine discuss weekend protests in Richmond

For the past three nights, hundreds of protesters have marched through the streets of Richmond, with some demonstrations turning violent.

Police in Richmond arrested 233 people mainly for violating curfew. Police chief William Smith says of those arrested, about half were not from Richmond but lived in Virginia. Officers also arrested people in cars from surrounding counties and from other states.

“We know that we’ve arrested many members of Antifa and we have arrested people from not necessarily in Richmond but throughout the entire state and out of state as well,” Smith said.

Smith says they’re working with federal officials to identify a number of other bad actors.

State, local leaders hold 'call to action' event following unrest in Richmond

Throughout the weekend, fires were set to buildings, vehicles and dumpsters, businesses were looted, graffiti could be seen all around, and gunfire also erupted during the third night of protests.

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