12 protesters arrested for unlawful assembly of ‘Reclamation Square’ outside City Hall

12 protesters arrested for unlawful assembly of ‘Reclamation Square’ outside City Hall
Before the arrests, protesters deemed the area “Reclamation Square” with a sign - blocking it off with traffic cones, garbage bins, barricades and vehicles. (Source: NBC12/Eric Everington)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Twelve protesters were arrested early Tuesday morning after police deemed their demonstration outside City Hall “unlawful.”

Protesters had been gathering there in tents since earlier Monday evening, with cars blocking the road, watching a movie they set up on a projector. They deemed the area “Reclamation Square” with a sign - blocking it off with traffic cones, garbage bins, barricades and vehicles.

Tensions between police and protesters flared again, as Richmond police declare an unlawful assembly for the second consecutive night - this time in front of city hall.
Tensions between police and protesters flared again, as Richmond police declare an unlawful assembly for the second consecutive night - this time in front of city hall. (Source: NBC12/Eric Everington)

According to police, the protesters also threw rocks and other objects at officers who were monitoring the situation starting at midnight.

Protestors were distributing fliers which indicated they planned to stay in place long-term. The flier listed several “principles of unity” including their guiding principle: “Black liberation by any means necessary.”

Protestors were distributing fliers which indicated they planned to stay in place long-term.
Protestors were distributing fliers which indicated they planned to stay in place long-term. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

By 12:45 a.m., Richmond police called the gathering an unlawful assembly. Police say they broadcasted the announcement to the crowd several times. It was also posted on Twitter.

Police say they waited another 45 minutes for the group to disperse before making arrests.

The following people who arrested, charged and released:

  • Adrianna E. Carpenter, 30, Richmond
  • William A. Neer, 27, Richmond
  • Stephanie R. Smith, 29, Richmond
  • Lily V. Bova, 27, Virginia Beach
  • Ha N. Tran, 29, Richmond
  • Darian A. White, 23, Richmond
  • Anthony J. Laudermilk, 22, Richmond
  • Jasmine Naghedi, 22, Richmond
  • Alaja Patterson, 19, Richmond
  • Deandre J.E. Quarles, 22, Richmond
  • Jonathan A. Delk, 24, Richmond
    • Delk was also served an outstanding felony warrant for embezzlement
  • John D. Weakley, 37, Richmond – photo not yet available
    • Weakley was also charged with four counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

According to police, an officer was injured during the night’s unrest when he was hit in the arm by a hickory stick. He was treated at the scene.

Virginia State Police said a protester attacked an RPD officer and three troopers with a wooden pole. One trooper suffered a serious arm injury and another trooper had his helmet cracked by it, police said.

As #VSP & Richmond Police Department worked to safely disperse the rioters at #RVA City Hall overnight, a protester...

Posted by Virginia State Police on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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