Richmond police Chief Gerald Smith said at a news conference Monday that a flyer calling for demonstrations Sunday carried the same tone of “intimidation” as flyers did for Saturday night’s protests.
They had been billed by some as support for protesters in Portland, Oregon. That city has been experiencing ongoing tensions between protesters and U.S. agents at the federal courthouse.
Richmond’s police chief said Sunday night’s damage included three fires as well as a smashed window at the police departmekoint for Virginia Commonwealth University.
There was a wide array of charges on Sunday, according to News Nation affiliate WRIC. Most of them people were charged with trespassing, rioting, rioting with a weapon and blocking roadways. Rioting with a weapon is a felony. At least two people were charged with rioting with a weapon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.