Richmond police prepare ahead of Confederate monument rally

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - NBC 12 reports that Richmond Police are gearing up for what could be a chaotic weekend on Monument Avenue. A group from Tennessee that calls itself the "New Confederate State of America" says the rally to protect the Robert E Lee monument is still on.

The event was updated recently to confirm it's not canceled, even though a permit wasn't obtained. Richmond Police have been preparing for this since the chaos in Charlottesville and will provide updates this week.

Police are preparing for it, as are the people who live along this beautiful stretch of the city.

The Virginia Flaggers filed a permit to hold a rally at the Lee Monument this coming Saturday but withdrew the request because of how violent the rally in Charlottesville became.  Now, a group from Tennessee is planning a rally, regardless of city permission from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. this Saturday.

Richmond Police have said they're bringing in officers from all over the state to help, just in case it's needed.

The Monument Avenue Commission is tasked with listening to public input about the monuments and advise the city what to do about them. The Commission had a meeting scheduled for this Wednesday but postponed it due to a public safety concern.

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