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Richmond mayor will not request curfew extension

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 16:34:16-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Mayor’s Office confirms they will not request an extension to an 8 p.m. curfew after it expired Wednesday at 6 a.m.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney first requested an 8 p.m. curfew in the city after two nights of rioting. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency across Virginia on Sunday, approving the curfew and activating the Virginia National Guard.

Despite a new curfew in effect, demonstrators marched through parts of Virginia’s capital city Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, expressing frustration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

Stoney joined racial justice demonstrators Tuesday on the fifth consecutive day of protest in the city.

“What you’re hearing from everyone not just here in Richmond, but what everywhere, is that they want to see change and what we`re doing as elected officials, as our government and we can do that but it has to be done together,” said the mayor.