Protesters, Counter-Protesters Converge At Confederate Statue Rally In Richmond, Virginia

Protesters, Counter-Protesters Converge At Confederate Statue Rally In Richmond, Virginia

"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.

Earlier this morning, members of a group that appeared to be New York Black Lives Matter rally came in contact with hundreds of people at the Maggie L. Walker statue in Jackson Ward which culminated in a march to Monument Avenue. "What we would love for you to do is come up and speak to the heart of your feelings on what is going on here and why you are upset that it's coming to your hometown".

As of 3:30 p.m. police said some roads remained closed around Stuart Circle. They will probably talk up in help of the Confederate landmarks after a few urban areas voted to evacuate their statues.

This group, which reportedly was part of the white supremacist contingent at Charlottesville's bloody protest in August, has no permit to hold a protest or rally in Richmond. She told the out-of-state neo-confederates to leave Richmond.

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. As city officials have said, everyone has a right to express their views in public, but anyone who violates the law or endangers the safety of others will be arrested and charged. "Have you no sensibility?"

While there would be no police congratulate downs at the rally, police said blocks, shafts, and different sorts of weapons won't be permitted.

Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas prior to removing the statue
Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas prior to removing the statue

Police said weapons, like bats, flag poles, and shields, are prohibited.

"How do you recommend that counter protesters protect themselves from being shot on Saturday?" one woman asked Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham during a Thursday night community meeting.

"My suggestion, and don't take this the wrong way, don't show up", Durham answered.

Chief Durham says it's not about taking sides but keeping those who rally and residents safe.

Police agencies across the state are working together to make sure things don't get out of hand.

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