Lynchburg city manager lifts curfew after three nights of peaceful protests
LYNCHBURG, Va. The curfew in Lynchburg has been lifted after several nights of peaceful protests. We want to thank everyone for their compliance with the curfew and understanding during these extraordinary times, said Bonnie Svrcek, Lynchburg city manager. We expect the community will continue to be peaceful so the suspension of the curfew can continue and our great community can engage in meaningful conversation and action to move forward.The curfew was originally extended until June 9 on Wednesday during a city council meeting, with violations counting as a Class 1 misdemeanor.
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.