Over this past weekend, three nights in a row saw massive protests erupt in the streets of Richmond. RVA Mag captured images of the scenes throughout the weekend.
With outrage continuing to mount over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, as well as an ongoing epidemic of violence by police and private citizens toward black Americans all over the United States, Richmond erupted in demonstrations on three straight nights over the weekend.
The events of each evening were launched with protest marches, but soon turned destructive as the nights went on. Friday night, a GRTC bus and a police vehicle were burned; on Saturday, fires occurred at the United Daughters of the Confederacy building and inside an occupied apartment building. On Sunday, Mayor Levar Stoney imposed an 8 PM curfew, giving the police a license to send protesters home, or arrest them, regardless of whether they were engaging in destructive behavior. However, demonstrations still took place after darkness fell, and police confronted the marching protesters with tear gas and riot gear for a third evening.
RVA Magazine will publish more detailed coverage of the ongoing protests in Richmond over the course of this week, but for now we are bringing you a selection of images captured on the streets of Richmond by our staff and many contributing photographers over the course of the weekend.
Top Photo by John Donegan