Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Richmond residents and police get ready for monument protests

Richmond residents and police get ready for monument protests

These neo-Confederate race haters would rather ride into town waving Confederate flags and guns, breaking the laws of the city and state, than to stand down and respect the diverse people of Richmond. Authorities closed down streets and blocked them off with dump trucks to prevent a repeat of Charlottesville, when a suspect rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "We came here to help the general population that need to support the landmarks".

"I would like everyone to know we are cooperating with police. they are here for everyone's safety", Brandau said.

"As assemblies have dispersed into small groups throughout the city, Richmond Police and its regional law enforcement partners continue to monitor these activities and respond appropriately", police said in a statement.

Richmond Police said they trusted Saturday's rally and dissent stayed quiet, yet noticed the occasion came one month after a comparable rally in Charlottesville turned brutal.

Richmond police are teaming up with police from within the region and State Troopers to prevent what happened in Charlotteville from reoccurring. "That is not why we are here", Brandau said.

"You're causing trouble in our city", Lawrence yelled at the group.

That event occurred about one week after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., during a clash between groups opposing and supporting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. On Saturday, a "Richmond Stands United" Rally countered the pro-Lee Rally by a statue recently dedicated to Maggie Walker, the daughter of a slave who became a newspaper publisher and founder of a bank. "Have you no sensibility?"

Any individual who appeared to the rally wearing covers or conveying different weapons would be captured, police said.

"My recommendation, and don't take this the wrong way, don't show up", Durham replied. Anyone who rallies within the grass space of the monument will be arrested by police. "That's the struggle here".

Chesterfield Police, Henrico Police, Virginia State Police, and Capitol Police would be on hand in an effort to keep the peace.

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