RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on what’s going on in Richmond following three nights of protests — some of which turned violent.
GRTC will continue daytime-only service Tuesday
GRTC will continue to operate on a daytime-only schedule following protests over the weekend that resulted in one bus being vandalized and set on fire.
GRTC buses will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The bus transit company said any scheduled CARES trip before 8 a.m. will still operate if conditions are safe.
RPD arrested 233 people in the city last night
The Richmond Police Department said they arrested 233 people Sunday night following two nights of uprisings in the city and a citywide curfew that went into effect at 8 p.m.
The arrests were made primarily for curfew violations, but arrests for vandalism, firearm violations and commercial burglary were made as well, said Richmond Police Chief William Smith while speaking to the media on Monday afternoon.
Richmond Mayor responds to local journalist being pepper-sprayed
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney tweeted this morning in relation to an incident that happened at Sunday night’s protest where a local VPM reporter was sprayed with pepper spray.
Stoney called the incident “unacceptable” and said they are investigating the matter.
After showing my badge and yelling “I am with the press” a @RichmondPolice officer sprayed pepper spray in my face and shoved me to the ground. Had “3397” on his helmet. I’m out. @myVPM #Richmond #GeorgeFloydProtests— Roberto Roldan (@ByRobertoR) June 1, 2020
‘Call to Action: Justice for All’ — City leaders to hold press conference after three days of protests, riots in RVA
City leaders will gather today to examine the many victims of injustice. Leaders say they want to know what can be done to ensure that Virginia takes a proactive look at systemic racism and how it affects ‘policing.’
The event will take place at 1 p.m. Watch it on 8News.
GRTC to resume bus service after suspending service this weekend
GRTC will resume all services this morning at 8 a.m. Over the weekend GRTC had to suspend services after one of their buses was set on fire during a protest.
Pulse bus 2004 was engulfed in flames at the intersection of West Broad Street and Belvidere Street during protests overnight Friday into Saturday.
There were no GRTC injuries during the incident.
Virginia is under ‘state of emergency’
Virginia is the latest in the string of states to declare a state of emergency after protests turned violent.
On Sunday, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency after three nights of protests, some of which turned into riots.
The governor said while there are voices speaking out for justice, others are “exploiting this pain and inciting violence.”
A state of emergency means Virginia is able to pre-position equipment and law enforcement to help deescalate violence.
Unlawful assemblies have been declared in the City of Richmond, Prince William County and Roanoke.
Hundreds of protesters flooded Richmond streets Sunday night
Protesters — demanding justice for George Floyd — flooded Richmond streets Sunday for the third night in a row. Those protesters defied the mandatory 8 p.m. curfew put in place by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
Just after 9 p.m. last night dozens of protesters were taken into police custody for violating the curfew.