Tuesday afternoon protestors gathered to protest conditions at the Richmond City Justice Center, which is the city’s fancy word for jail. Reports have been coming out of the jail that there are few if any precautions being taken concerning Covid-19. Activists are reporting that the jail has one death due to Covid-19 and another 100 or so in quarantine. That estimate of 100 is from August 24th so that figure is likely higher.
The police issued a press release that glosses over the violent nature of the arrests. In particular, the force in which the bicyclist is taken down seems extreme for the crime of obstructing a tow truck briefly.
BREAKING—these are the moments pandemonium breaks out in Richmond, outside the city jail where a protest was staged. After an advance by police, protestors took to the street. A bicyclist was almost hit by an unmarked police cruiser, then tackled to the ground. @8NEWS pic.twitter.com/Ff74KiK6N8
— Ben Dennis 8News (@broadcastben_) September 1, 2020
The Richmond Police Department tonight arrested eleven individuals during a protest outside the Justice Center in the City of Richmond. One person was charged with obstructing a tow truck as it attempted to remove an illegally parked vehicle. Ten other persons were charged with obstructing RPD officers as they attempted to restore order.
At the time, the RPD officers were assisting the Richmond Sheriff’s Office in dealing with those protesters who had moved from the public sidewalk onto Justice Center grounds – causing a security concern.
Shortly before 7:00 p.m., a bicyclist blocked a tow truck as it attempted to remove a vehicle parked illegally outside the Justice Center. When an RPD officer arrived, the bicyclist attempted to flee the scene and was stopped by the officer. Other protesters attempted to interfere with that arrest and others that followed. They were also arrested.
The bicyclist was charged with Obstruction of Justice without Force – (18.2-460A). The other ten individuals were charged with Obstruction of Justice with Force – (18.2-460).
There is a long Twitter thread of the events from the eyes of a protestor.
I’m outside the so-called Justice Center in Richmond where a sit-in is being staged to protest the horrific conditions inside the jail where, according to activists, one man has died at least 100 more are in quarantine due to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/1EVouIp3uS
— Lynn 💥 (@tormaid) September 1, 2020
Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend
Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.
Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.
The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.
We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Webinar ID: 817 9689 0700
Bookbinder’s Brings you Mac & Cheese on Another Level with BIGWIFE’S Pop-Up
This isn’t your typical mom’s mac & cheese. If your mom makes mac & cheese like this we would like to be adopted.
Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse has launched a new experimental pop-up concept focusing exclusively on macaroni and cheese. BIGWIFE’S Mac & Cheese is operating for delivery and carryout from the Bookbinder’s kitchen.
The inventive menu includes creative spins like Buffalo Mac with spicy chicken and gorgonzola cheese; Little Figgy Mac with goat cheese, ham and fig; Mac Lorraine with bacon, scallions, and gruyere; and Greek Wedding Mac with tomato, olive, artichokes, pepperoncini and feta. Any mac can be made gluten free.
Orders can be placed at https://www.bigwifesmac.com/ and via Grubhub. BIGWIFE’S is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Old Original Bookbinder’s is located at 2306 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223.
Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee
Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.
Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:
Dear 4th District Neighbors:
I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.
I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.
Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.
Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.