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Protests in Richmond, Hampton reveal anger at Floyd's death

Posted at 1:11 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 14:04:12-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Protesters in Virginia responding to the death of George Floyd earlier this week in Minneapolis smashed windows at police headquarters and briefly shut down a major highway.

In Richmond, a Friday evening protest began at Monroe Park, near Virginia Commonwealth University, and drew hundreds of people who marched through the streets chanting “no justice, no peace.”

As the protest ran on, a police cruiser and a dumpster near Richmond Police headquarters were set on fire.

A GRTC Plus bus was also set ablaze early Saturday morning in downtown Richmond.

A Richmond television reporter covering the protests was struck by a thrown bottle.

Police responded by spraying chemicals. Virginia Capitol Police says Capitol Square will remain closed Saturday.

In Hampton Roads, hundreds of protesters marched from Fort Monroe to Interstate 64 to close the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

They entered the highway shortly before 9 p.m. and stopped traffic in both directions.