Community-raised money helps post bail for man charged after Lynchburg riot
The group Lynchburg Community Bail Fund helped bail him out. Kemper walked out of the Lynchburg Regional Jail and embraced his family after sitting behind bars for almost a week. Lynchburg police told 10 News that Kemper was taken in by the tactical unit and a stun gun was used on him. The 38-year-old is facing several charges, including incitement of riot, unlawful assembly and carrying a concealed weapon. RIOT AND UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY - Conspire with, incite others to riotRIOT AND UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY - Participate in unlawful assembly, generallyRIOT AND UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY - Participate in riot with firearm or weaponWEAPONS - Carry concealed weaponWEAPONS - Convicted felon in possession of a concealed weaponKemper was taken into custody by members of the LPD Tactical Unit and was tased as part of the arrest.
Fifth and Federal owner apologizes for mask tweet that sparked violence in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Fifth and Federal owner Josh Read is apologizing for a tweet from his restaurant that launched a riot in Lynchburg Sunday night into Monday morning. — Fifth & Federal (@Fifthandfederal) May 27, 2020“I’m at a loss, shocked. We love our community that we’re in and that’s why we came here,” said Fifth and Federal owner Josh Read. Peaceful protests, that’s what they were. I’m not sure why, but it just really, really spiraled out of control.”
Lynchburg makes curfew violation a misdemeanor offense, starting Tuesday night
LYNCHBURG, Va. – What was originally announced as a voluntary curfew has now been given teeth, but not until tomorrow. Starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Lynchburg police have the authority to enforce a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The curfew was announced Monday afternoon, and although the curfew is in effect Monday night, police will not be enforcing it. Beginning Tuesday night, curfew violations will be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The curfew goes into effect at 8 p.m. and lasts until 6 a.m. and people are being asked to remain home during that time.
WATCH: Lynchburg leaders holding news conference after night of violence
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg city leaders will be speaking on Monday afternoon. At 1 p.m., Mayor Treney Tweedy, as well as other city officials and invited speakers, will hold a press conference to discuss the protests outside Fifth and Federal, as well as recent national events. Several officers are hurt and two people were arrested after peaceful protests turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning in Lynchburg.
Officers hurt, businesses destroyed as protests turn violent in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Several officers are hurt and two people were arrested after peaceful protests turned violent Sunday night into Monday morning in Lynchburg. — Fifth & Federal (@Fifthandfederal) May 27, 2020The business has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone who thought they were supporting racism. Below is a transcription of the scanner audio embedded above:5:43: “I think we have shots fired. Shayne Dwyer WSLS 10 News is in Lynchburg as police are engaging with demonstrators who have turned violent. When those protests turn violent and threaten the safety of our community, we must take action, as we did tonight.
Group protests outside Lynchburg restaurant for its support of Jerry Falwell’s mask tweet
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A group of protesters showed up to a Lynchburg restaurant on Sunday. Later, however, the protesters used the opportunity to protest the police treatment of African Americans. People gathered outside Fifth and Federal Station after the restaurant responded to a tweet by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell. The restaurant supported Falwell’s tweet using the blackface photo from Northam’s medical school yearbook on a face covering, asking if it could have them for its employees. — Fifth & Federal (@Fifthandfederal) May 27, 2020The business has since issued a statement apologizing to anyone who thought they were supporting racism.