Richmond had been cautiously preparing for the arrival of a neo-Confederate group from Tennessee, CSA II: The New Confederate States of America for several weeks. Richmond Police worked alongside State Police and officers from Henrico and Chesterfield Counties to close roads, restrict parking, place barriers around the Lee Monument, and use Department of Public Works trucks to create a barrier that would greatly reduce the chances anyone could pull off a deadly car attack like the one seen in Charlottesville.
But by day’s end on Saturday, September 16th, it was apparent that Richmond had come out unscathed. Just a handful of folks from the Confederate group made their presence known. Hundreds of counter-protesters from around the Richmond area, however, drowned out their message.
The two groups were separated by police clad in riot gear, but there was no violence and there were no reported injuries. Many verbal altercations took place, however.
By early afternoon, the neo-Confederate protesters had thrown in the towel and were escorted away from the scene by authorities.
The day ended with just seven arrests–most of which were for disorderly conduct or disobeying the state’s law against wearing masks in public.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story identified the names of those arrested. Though still publicly available, we’ve chosen not to publish the names due to the threats of violence to individuals on both sides of this issue in the past.