RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for Virginians to unite following two nights of destructive riots that broke out following peaceful protests in Richmond.
“I hear you. I know your pain is real," Northam said. "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."
Here's the official news release on the curfew going into effect tonight at 8PM. pic.twitter.com/YkOCEH0OZA— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) May 31, 2020
Northam said he approved Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney's request for a curfew order for the River City.
The curfew begins Sunday at 8 p.m. and at 6 a.m. Monday. The curfew will be in effect nightly until further notice.
"It will be enforced," the mayor said.
Additionally, Northam said the Virginia National Guard has been alerted and will help "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,” Northam said.