Richmond’s police chief resigns, interim chief named
RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond's mayor said Tuesday that he has asked for and accepted the resignation of the city's police chief, saying Virginia's capital needs "a new approach" to public safety. Mayor Levar Stoney announced Chief William Smith's departure at a news conference and said a police major will serve as the interim chief. "Richmond is ready for a new approach to public safety," Stoney said. Some activists have criticized police for their response to the demonstrations, including the use of pepper spray and tear gas. No serious injuries were reported, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which had reporters at the scene.
Richmond police arrest over 200 protesters during curfew
RICHMOND, Va. – Police have arrested individuals who violated the newly imposed curfew in Richmond. Ralph Northam authorized a curfew for the city that began tonight and will last until June 3, going from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.Police had said Sunday night that at least two dozen people had been arrested, but news outlets reported Richmond police Chief William Smith updated that number during a news conference Monday, saying a total of 233 people had been arrested. Smith said more than half of the people who were arrested did not live in Richmond. While curfew is in effect, people must remain in their homes and may only leave to seek emergency services or travel to/from home, work, or places of worship. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports police used tear gas and pepper spray on demonstrators, who started marching downtown from the defaced Robert E. Lee statue shortly after the curfew took effect.
Army soldier arrested after allegedly discussing bombing news network
Smith made an initial appearance in Kansas federal court Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear again in federal court for a detention hearing on Thursday in Topeka. According to court documents, Smith also mentioned O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, in a chat with an undercover FBI agent on September 20. Then, about a month ago, Smith started speaking to the FBI's confidential source and an undercover federal agent. Army Lt. Col. Terence Kelley, the director of public affairs for the 1st Infantry Division in Kansas, confirmed Smith is an active duty soldier.