Friday, May 29th, 2020
Richmonders begin to protest over the death of George Floyd. The protest began in Monroe Park around 8:30PM and dispersed throughout downtown. Hundreds marched with signs, chanting. What began as a peaceful protest became rowdy and then violent.
The aftermath ended in a GRTC bus being torched. The bus was empty. A police car was also set ablaze. Some demonstrators broke into businesses and spray painted buildings and vehicles. Windows were broken at the Richmond Police Department Headquarters on Grace Street.
Richmond news crews were assaulted.
Saturday, May 30, 2020 through early morning hours of Sunday, May 31, 2020
In downtown Petersburg, word of a protest forming led a local business to close for the evening. Others may have closed as well.
The protest began and ended peacefully with Petersburg Police Chief, Kenneth Miller standing alongside demonstrators on the corner of East Bank Street and Second Street.
Soon after, another night of peaceful protests turns violent in Richmond. Demonstrators gathered along Broad and Belvidere streets. The crowd headed once again towards Richmond Police Department Headquarter on Grace Street.
Multiple dumpster fires erupted. Police in riot gear helped lead fire departments to the area.
The J.E.B. Stuart monument was vandalized, as well as multiple police cars.
Two Capitol Police officers were injured. It is being reported that one was hit with a baseball bat. The other was hit with a beer bottle.
An occupied dwelling in the 300 block of Broad Street was set on fire. Some protestors tried to block firefighters from getting inside. Police intervened. One of the occupants in the home was a child. No injuries were reported.
People heard random gunfire throughout the evening and tear gas was used multiple times throughout the city.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Around 1AM on Sunday morning, police were made aware that a male victim was in an area hospital suffering from a life-threatening gun-shot wound.
A couple more police officer injuries are being reported.
The city of Richmond is a canvas of graffiti and broken glass. Hints of smoke still linger.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney issues a curfew for Richmond. That curfew will run from 8PM to 6AM. Exceptions to that curfew and more information can be found here.
Another protest begins. Demonstrators gathered at Brown’s Island. This protest is non-violent thus far, with hundreds of people marching towards The Capitol.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Curfew begins at 8PM
Sunday evening marks the third day in a row that protesters gathered on the streets of Richmond.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered. Many people were arrested for breaking curfew.