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Fires set, windows shattered throughout raucous Virginia demonstration

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A city dump truck was set on fire as protesters faced off with police in Virginia’s capital during a demonstration billed as support for protesters on the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon. College buildings and other property also were damaged.Virginia State Police and Richmond police said they worked…

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)– A city dump truck was set on fire as protesters faced off with police in Virginia’s capital during a presentation billed as support for protesters on the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon. College buildings and other home likewise were damaged.

Virginia State Cops and Richmond police stated they worked to clear the crowd of a numerous hundred demonstrators late Saturday that had actually ripped down authorities tape and progressed with lasers and firecrackers. City cops stated an “illegal assembly” around 11 p.m., and what appeared to be tear gas was released to disperse the group.

Richmond Police Department stated Sunday that six men among the protesters were jailed and deal with different charges, including illegal assembly, rioting with a firearm and attack on a police officer.

Police tweeted a picture of rocks, batteries and other products the department said were tossed at its officers throughout the demonstration. A video also showed an officer snuffing out a bed mattress on fire in the middle of a roadway.

More than 80 windows were shattered at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park school during the demonstration and dozens of structures were damaged or tagged with graffiti, school President Michael Rao wrote on Sunday. Rao stated the financial damage is more than $100,000, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported

” VCU supports complimentary speech and stands in uniformity with those in harmony revealing messages of social justice and equity for all people,” Rao wrote to the campus neighborhood. “VCU does not condone– under any scenario– acts of violence or vandalism, regardless of the supposed cause.”

Protesters had been planning for days the demonstration that was called “Richmond Stands with Portland,” news outlets reported, in an apparent response to ongoing stress between protesters and U.S. agents at the federal court house in Oregon’s largest city.

Weeks of nationwide discontent have struck numerous U.S. cities considering that the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

At a Sunday press conference, Richmond Cops Chief Gerald Smith stated that a flier highlighting the event originated from outside the city. Smith stated that some people who went to Saturday night have actually been recognized as being from both left-wing and right-wing movements. Smith said they are evaluating video to identify if they can identify extra wrongdoers.

” It’s clear that this group that came (Saturday night), was available in order to bring violence and disturbance to the city of Richmond,” Mayor Levar Stoney stated.

Stoney praised regional Black Lives Matter leaders, which he stated have actually been involved in serene presentations for weeks, for not encouraging members to participate in the event.

Saturday’s protest in Richmond began at a park and after that demonstrators marched to authorities head offices, according to news outlets. Virginia State Cops stated in a tweet that protesters ripped down authorities tape and had lasers and firecrackers, then retreated and distributed about 15 minutes after the agency “released chemical irritants.”

Smith stated that officers continued to pursue a decreasing variety of protesters through the city up until after 2 a.m. Sunday. The city’s fire department put out the dump truck fire and responded to several other dumpster fires during the night.

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