RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Northam issued a statement Sunday morning saying he has authorized a curfew in Richmond and placed Virginia’s National Guard on alert.
I acknowledge each of the voices crying out for justice and healing across the United States and in our Commonwealth. I affirm the deep concerns from the black community.
I hear you. I know your pain is real. We have all seen too many people harassed, abused, and killed by law enforcement officers, in too many places, for too long—just for being black. I also know that others are exploiting this pain and are now causing violence.
I spoke with Mayor Levar Stoney throughout the night; pursuant to the Mayor’s requests, I have authorized a curfew in Richmond and placed the Virginia National Guard on alert. They stand ready to assist in protecting our residents, businesses, especially small and black-owned businesses, and the capital city.
As Governor of Virginia, I call on all Virginians to join together and build a renewed commitment to working for justice and fair treatment.”Gov. Ralph Northam
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