By the time he picked up a plastic water bottle, wound his arm back and let it fly over the heads of protesters toward a row of federal police officers in riot gear, Daquan Jones had been pushed, pepper-sprayed and gassed with a chemical that made his eyes tear and his throat burn.
Jones, 23, a lifelong District resident, joined the third day of protests over police use of force and the killing of George Floyd around lunchtime Sunday. He came to march and chant, to pour his own rage and sorrow into a cause where, he hoped, it might be useful.
On the fifth night of protests that have seen Richmond’s streets burning, police tear-gassing peaceful demonstrators, and people fighting against the police brutality that killed George Floyd, Mayor Levar Stoney walked Tuesday evening alongside the residents he swore to serve.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney marched with racial justice demonstrators Tuesday, hours after an angry crowd shouted him down as he apologized for police lobbing tear gas at a peaceful group of protesters.
During a tense meeting outside City Hall Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people outraged by the use of tear gas on nonaggressive protesters called on Stoney to fire the officers involved. Some also called for Stoney and police Chief William Smith to resign.
Above a crowd of more than 1,000 people who were demanding answers from the mayor and the police chief after Richmond officers used tear gas Monday to disperse a peaceful demonstration, one voice stood out from the rest.
Jared Ivey stood at the barricaded entrance to the Virginia state Capitol Monday night, defying the governor’s curfew but preaching nonviolence. Thousands of demonstrators had converged there in the fourth night of protests over the death of George Floyd and other unarmed black men killed by police.
Some held barrel-sized traffic pylons overhead, seemingly ready to charge the makeshift gates. They’d done that two nights earlier, tearing down metal fencing and pelting police with bottles before setting off on a looting and arson spree across the city.
The Minneapolis police officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
A week later and hundreds of miles away, atop one of the highest points in Virginia Beach, a large crowd took a knee in the windswept dirt of Mount Trashmore to remember Floyd, holding a long moment of silence with heads bowed. After, the group, many clad in black and holding signs, rose and joined in song.
The Supervisors called an Emergency Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting, Sunday at 4 p.m., to talk with Prince William Police leadership about the “unlawful assembly” Saturday night on Sudley Road in Manassas and the police response.
Virginia Beach police said 26 people were arrested during the second straight night of protests in the city.
It was one of several protests that broke out Monday throughout Hampton Roads, as people continue to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
A group of about 50 protesters in downtown Norfolk Tuesday night swelled to more than 100 as the peaceful march against the death of George Floyd wound from city streets to an impromptu walk on Interstate 264.
By the end of the night, the group gathered beneath the city’s towering Confederate statue on Main Street, where they chanted against police brutality and demanded that all four Minneapolis police officers be charged in Floyd’s death. At about 11:30 p.m., the group dispersed and went home, without any clashes with police officers who had streets blocked off nearby.
Hundreds of protesters kneeled near Peninsula Town Center on Tuesday night after marching up and down Mercury Boulevard for nearly an hour.
Around 10 p.m., as they took a knee, the protesters called for a Hampton police officer to kneel with them — he did — and the action was met with cheers.
As they had the previous three days, protesters marched the streets of downtown Fredericksburg on Tuesday, demanding justice for the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
But this time, officers of the Fredericksburg Police Department walked along with them, joining them in chants of "Black lives matter!" and "No justice, no peace!" and raising their fists silently in a minute of quiet to honor Floyd and the other black men and women who died by police hands.
A day that featured Fredericksburg police officers marching with Black Lives Matter protesters and city officials vowing to address concerns raised by mostly younger residents took a slight turn for the worse Tuesday evening.
City police spokeswoman Sarah Kirkpatrick said a group of “agitators” put a damper on what had been a promising day by blocking city streets, throwing bottles at officers and refusing to obey the 8 p.m. curfew that has been imposed in the city.
More than 100 people marched in Culpeper Monday, protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week ago.
Pulled together in about a two-hour time-frame, organizers called for action in a social media post, urging a peaceful protest. Gathering at about 5 p.m. the group, both black and white, walked south on Main Street nearly to the turn off to State Route 3, chanting, "No justice, no peace," and "Black lives matter."
Local government officials and community leaders from across Montgomery County took the podium Tuesday afternoon to call for sweeping changes to race and police relations.
The event, which drew more than 200 people and took place in Marcia’s Park in Blacksburg, came just a day after hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown to call for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Valley View Mall and some adjacent businesses closed or closed early Tuesday as protests and riots gripped parts of the nation and police feared violence could resume in Roanoke.
Roanoke police told the Valley View business community Tuesday of what spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline called the “potential for civil unrest in the Valley View area.”
More than 100 protesters marched from Main Street Plaza to King Memorial Bridge and River Street in Danville on Monday, where they blocked traffic and had a moment of silence underneath the stoplights. “Block the whole bridge!” one of the leaders shouted to participants as they lined up across all lanes. Cars lined up at the intersection of North Main Street, River Street and King Memorial Bridge, some of them honking their horns.