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Illegal Assembly Declared for a 4th Night in Row

Police claim no violence used to break up the protestors. Video from Twitter directly conflicts with that claim.

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Police have posted a timeline of the events last night. At 11:06 PM, RPD announced over a bullhorn that protesters were trespassing at Lee Monument and needed to leave. At 11:28 p.m., an unlawful assembly was declared after police say protesters started throwing rocks at law enforcement. At 11:30 p.m., Virginia State Police said the grounds were cleared and no use of force was used.

This video on Twitter was posted at 12:20 AM so the police statement that no force was used to clear the ground is technically correct but in this case, force was used for no apparent threat.


 

After being forced from the Lee Monument grounds protestors marched to Monroe Park. There were unsuccessful attempts to pull down Maury Monument. Police report that windows were broken at Whole Foods.

Later around 2 AM a group marched through the Fan. Police report that windows were broken at District 5. Around 3:15 AM several arrests were made. Charges include, Interfering with an Aircraft by pointing a laser (Class 6 felony); second for Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer who was struck in the face with a shield (Class 6 felony); third for Obstructing Justice (Class 1 misdemeanor)

Starbucks at N Robinson Street had a window broken and a flare thrown in but there has been no direct link to last night’s protests and this incident.

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RPD Investigating Quadruple Shooting

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Crane Street for the report of a shooting.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are investigating a quadruple shooting that occurred early Sunday morning and are asking for the community’s help.

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Crane Street for the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Three additional victims self-transported to a local hospital, all with gunshot wounds, and one with life threatening injuries.

There was a large crowd in the parking lot prior to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Young at (804) 646-3926 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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Virginia Hits Vaccination Goal Ahead of Schedule

Governor Northam announced today 70% of adults in Virginia have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, two weeks ahead of President Biden’s nationwide goal.

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If you still need a vaccination head over to Vaccinate Virginia or search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:

  • Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Get sick from COVID-19
  • Spread COVID-19 to others.

CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Getting your child or teen vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

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Permit Points to Winery Coming to Westover Hills

Don’t whine about what’s going into old dry cleaners unless you don’t like wine.

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Once again our eagle-eyed reader John Murden pointed out this bit of news to us. The former dry cleaner next to Outpost on Forest Hill Ave. has applied for a winery license. Work has been going at a steady pace since the plans for Rage RVA fell through. We’ll keep an ear out and update you with more information as it comes out.

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