A Timeline of a Month of Protests in Richmond
For a month straight, protests against racism and police use of force rocked Richmond.
These are some of the key dates, including documented instances police used tear gas and pepper spray. For purposes of this timeline, events are associated with the date the protests began, even if events carry over into the early morning hours of the next day.
May 30 - Second night of protests. Demonstrators tagged the Daughters of Confederacy headquarters in Richmond, and lit the building on fire. Police deployed chemicals against protestors.
May 31 - First night of 8 p.m. curfew in the city. Police arrested more than 200 people, often rounding them up in groups. Police deployed chemicals against protestors and press.
Taking a break. I’ve been tear gassed.— Roberto Roldan (@ByRobertoR) June 1, 2020
June 1 - After dozens were arrested the night before, and on the second night of curfew, police launched chemicals at a group of protestors standing around the Lee Monument. This was before curfew even began.
June 2 - Protesters challenge mayor and police chief at city hall, Mayor Stoney marches with protesters. He promises action on several of their demands including the creation of a 'Marcus Alert' and Civilian Review Board.
June 4 - In response to protests, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces the statue of Robert E. Lee will come down.
June 6 - For several nights, protestors demonstrate without incident. They pull down their first Confederate monument - Williams Wickham in Monroe Park.
June 9 - Christopher Columbus monument pulled down.
June 10 - Jefferson Davis monument pulled down.
Richmond’s Jefferson Davis monument is missing JD this morning.— Mallory Noe-Payne (@MalloryNoePayne) June 11, 2020
Two years ago a commission recommended he be taken down, they wrote “Of all the statues this is the most unabashedly Lost Cause in its design and sentiment.”
The City didn’t act on their recommendations pic.twitter.com/ITF0QPSoX9
June 13 - Large '5,000 Man March' takes place during the day. Richmond Police vehicle drives through protesters at night.
June 14 - Protestors and police stand off outside Richmond police headquarters. Police deploy chemical agents against protestors.
June 15 - For a second night, protestors and police stand off outside Richmond police headquarters. Police deploy chemical agents against protestors.
June 19 - People gather for Juneteenth celebrations at the Lee Monument.
June 20 - Police arrest and then release a man found with a handgun on top of a building overlooking the Lee Monument. He's an airport police officer.
June 22 - Police deploy chemical agents against protestors.
June 26 - Richmond police officer hit by paintball. Police deploy chemical agents against protestors.
This is video recorded by a @VSPPIO Trooper’s body-worn camera of an RPD officer who went down when shot by a paintball gun last night. He was the first officer injured that night during the protest at/near the Lee Monument. He will recover. pic.twitter.com/vOmszN2k5m— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) June 27, 2020
July 1 - Protestors took their fight to the courthouse, demonstrating against the resumption of evictions in the city. Sheriff's deputies deployed chemical agents and made several arrests. At the same time the city began removing statues on Monument Avenue, beginning with Stonewall Jackson.