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Northam calls on Virginians to come together after Richmond riots

Northam: 'Others are exploiting this pain... causing violence'
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Posted at 10:55 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 11:29:23-04

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."

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.