RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department is looking for information about the removal of the Marcus-David Peters sign from the area surrounding the Robert E. Lee monument. According to a press release from the RPD, no city agencies were involved with the removal of the sign.

The RPD is concerned that the secretive removal of the sign was done in hopes of sparking more violence in the City of Richmond. The release states, “the RPD stands with peaceful demonstrators and will not tolerate those who seek a different, destructive path.”

The RPD tweeted that it is illegal to remove signage without permission and anyone found guilty of doing so will be arrested.

When asked why the police were investigating the removal of the sign, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said “We are only trying to locate the sign because it was used as propaganda before and we are trying to avoid that from happening again.”

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