Police: 7 arrests, no injuries at weekend protests
RICHMOND — City police reported seven arrests and no injuries during a morning pro-Confederate statue rally and counter protests that lasted into the evening.
A Tennessee-based Confederate heritage group called CSA II: The New Confederate States of America organized a rally near Richmond's massive monument of General Robert E. Lee. Counter-demonstrations from Black Lives Matter from New York and Virginia, Richmond-based Antifa, Richmond Peace Education Center, and city residents held space around the monument well into the evening.
Authorities in Richmond restricted certain weapons and shut down some streets during Saturday’s demonstration over the city's Confederate monuments.
A 100-200-person march wound through the streets of downtown as participants chanted slogans against racism, white-nationalism and fascism. The march came to a stop at Stuart Circle located a block away from the Robert E. Lee statue.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham held a news conference Thursday about the city's preparation for the Saturday event.
Virginia is an open carry state, but ultimately few long guns were seen on citizens and police in the streets. The chief said weapons like bats, flag poles or shields were prohibited.
As activity continues to wind down in the city, roads are being reopened and parking restrictions related to today’s events are being lifted.
No injuries or accidents were reported as of Saturday evening. Officers remained vigilant throughout the night, monitoring any activity and responding.
As of 6 p.m. Saturday, Richmond Police reported seven total arrests were made:
Deante L. Watkins, 18, of the 1000 block of Althea Parkway in Richmond, VA, was charged with two counts each of possession of a stolen weapon and possession of a concealed weapon.
Brittany D. Bush, 29, of the 00 block of Jefferson Street in Petersburg, VA, was charged with disorderly conduct.
Jabari A. Robinson, 21, 4000 block of Old Mountain Road in Roanoke, VA, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Caroline Hill, 24, the 6900 of McLean Park Manor Court, McLean, was charged with wearing a mask in public.
Thomas W. Rockett, 21, 2000 Highcourt Lane in Herndon, VA, was charged with wearing a mask in public.
Corissa C. Duffey, 25, 100 Springdale Road, Stockbridge, GA, was charged with wearing a mask in public.
Ian M. Gerson, 32, 00 block of Hart Street in Brooklyn, NY, was charged with wearing a mask in public.
The event came a little over a month after a deadly rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville prompted in part by the city's decision to remove a Confederate monument descended into deadly violence.
• Multimedia editor Scott P. Yates and the Associated Press contributed to this report.