VCU: Protests cause over $100,000 in damage after windows smashed, buildings tagged

Updated: Jul. 26, 2020 at 10:39 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - VCU reported that buildings and windows on the university’s Monroe Park campus were damaged on Saturday night.

A message from university president Michael Rao said the damage is expected to cost more than $100,000.

“Both Richmond and VCU Police tell us the demonstrators were different last night compared to those participating in other peaceful demonstrations that occurred in Richmond over the last several weeks,” Rao said. “The protest was promoted in social media and flyers to be destructive, ostensibly to support protests in Portland. We are concerned about groups that promote destruction and violence co-opting important social justice reform movements.”

About 80 windows were smashed, tables and trash cans were pulled into the street and several buildings were spray-painted.

VCU has asked the Commonwealth’s Attorney to press criminal charges against individuals who were involved.

VCU police released videos of the following incidents in an effort for the public to help identify the individuals.

West Grace Street - July 26

The video is from the 900 block of West Grace Street. Around 12:53 a.m., a large group of people can be seen walking down the street when one woman - wearing a blue mask and blue head covering - tries smashing the window at a VCU police substation with a rock. Afterwards, a man wearing a mask and goggles also tries smashing the glass but it doesn’t look like either was successful.

Floyd Avenue - July 26

The video shows a woman wearing a red backpack smashing the doors of Grace Harris Hall on Floyd Avenue with a hammer. This was around 12:40 a.m. at the same time, a man tries blocking cameras with an umbrella.

Floyd Plaza - July 26

University Student Commons - July 26

Cameras recorded a group of people trying to smash windows at the student commons, after several tries they do manage to shatter the windows.

Grace and Broad Residence Center - July 26

VCU Police Headquarters - July 27

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (804) 828-1196.

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