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Photos: Skater’s Protest at Stuart Monument

These photos were taken prior to it being declared an Unlawful Assembly and the arrival of Richmond police and Virginia State Police




The skaters gathered around 4 PM  at Texas Beach Skatepark. After about 2 and half hours of skating and socializing the group of several hundred marched/skated to the J.E.B. Stuart Monument. These picture were taken until about 8 PM when I left.

Around 9:20 PM the Richmond Police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly based on confirmed reports of efforts to pull the statue down with two ropes.

The police after securing the statue had several water bottles thrown towards them. They retaliated with tear gas, pepper spray, and non-lethal rounds forcing the crowd down Monument towards the Lee Monument. During this action, they sprayed journalist Andrew Ringle from the Commonwealth Times despite the journalist clearly identifying himself. This same journalist was thrown to the ground by another officer. Ringle’s Twitter feed from last night gives an eyewitness account to how the police behaved during the dispersion of the crowd.

As stated above these photos were all taken before 8:30 PM.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.