RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Videos on Twitter show demonstrators swarming Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s apartment Tuesday night.
The crowd reportedly arrived at the Miller & Rhoads building downtown where Mayor Stoney has an apartment. Videos on Twitter show demonstrators inside and outside of the building.
Images of graffiti seen around the city say, “Stoney is a sellout” and “WYA Stoney?”
At an event today for local faith leaders held at Faith Community Baptist Church, Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) said that a mob armed with assault rifles was able to get inside a secure area of the mayor’s residence.
“The invasion on the Mayor’s residence is so troubling to me,” McQuinn said at the event. “Where we live is our sacred space.”
The video 8News watched on Twitter shows a group inside Stoney’s building, but no firearms are visible in the video nor could we determine the race of the people involved.
“It’s my understanding,” McQuinn said, “the only way they were able to get in, someone had to let them in and they were armed.”
Richmond police said they could not confirm McQuinn’s claims. The mayor’s office did not confirm whether anyone with weapons got inside the building, but did condemn any effort to enter a residence without permission in a statement to 8News.
Entering anyone’s residence without permission is irresponsible and uncalled for, and more importantly only undermines the cause of Black Lives Matter.”Mayor Levar Stoney’s office
A spokesperson for Richmond police said Wednesday that nearly 200 to 250 protesters gathered outside Stoney’s building and chanted at the mayor. The building was tagged with graffiti and a small group was able to enter the building’s lobby.
“A group of about twenty of them briefly entered the building’s lobby before being removed by private security,” the spokesperson said.
This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for ongoing updates.