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Increased Security for Mayor Jones Causes Outrage

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Increased security at the mayor's home overnight has caused a storm of outrage and some are calling for the security to be taken away.

The increased monitoring comes as a result of a website post which listed the Mayor's home address, as well as the addresses of other city officials. The people responsible are upset and blame the mayor and others for privatizing Monroe Park.

Sources say that because of the mayor's address being posted on a public website, at least one council member is calling for the police officers to be placed back on their normal assignments.

Richmond City Council member Reva Trammell says increased security at the Mayor's house could jeopardize the security of other Richmond residents.

"Take your own police officer that you have that follows you around, drives you around, that protects you 24/7, have them at your house if you are so afraid, Mr. Mayor."

"Tax payers that live in this area, that depend on that police officer, 212, to ride around and check on them and make sure that they are safe. Mr. Mayor, don't you have a security alarm in your house?"

During a tour of the new Richmond City Jail, Mayor Jones spoke exclusively to ABC 8News about the security concerns.

Mayor Jones says he did not ask for the increased security and it was completely up to the police department.

"That is something that the police have decided that they are wanting to do and so you will have to talk to them about their actions," he says.

This all stems after a group called the Wingnut Collective posted the mayor's home address as well as other city officials' addresses on their website.

The site refers to those listed at their enemies, but asks its readers to not plan on breaking any laws, but does provide information for members interested in "taking action to apply pressure to these people."
I asked the mayor if he hoped to continue to receive the additional security.

"We have a really good police chief, a really good police department and I think they do a real good job at keeping the city safe, and keeping all of us safe including city councilmen and including the mayor so I want them to continue to do what they do."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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