Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says overnight rioting left 22 windows damaged at the John Marshall Courts Building and a trail of damage at other businesses in parts of downtown.
“If you want to break windows, damage property, vandalize and undermine this moment of pain, you’re going to be alone doing that,” said Stoney.
Stoney said the group called Richmond Strike is responsible for the damage.
Vandals sprayed graffiti in the area. Other buildings that were damaged include the Wells Fargo building, the Omni hotel and a Starbucks.
That group organized a Tuesday night solidarity event with other cities, they say, are fighting back against police brutality.
“The vandalism of our courts building and downtown businesses last night was unacceptable and misguided,” said Mayor Levar Stoney in a statement. “Those working peacefully for change are welcome here. Those intent on creating chaos and confrontation, who riot and commit violence against our community, will go to jail. Period.”
Richmond strike is not offering up any comment at this point. NBC12 did reach out. Online, the group says it’s an autonomous decentralized network for direct action in Richmond.
Black mayor not happy with their actions... and he wants them going to jail and getting charged.
I like his attitude much better than the mayors of Seattle and Portland.