George Floyd protests in Virginia

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George Floyd protests in Virginia
Part of George Floyd protests
5.30.20 Black Lives Matter Protests Charlottesville, VA-8232 (crop).jpg
Demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia on May 30, 2020.
DateMay 28, 2020–present (1 month and 2 weeks)
Virginia, United States
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Cities in Virginia in which a protest with about 100 or more participants was held ()

There have been a series of George Floyd protests in Virginia. Following the death of George Floyd in police custody, protests spread from Minneapolis to other parts of the United States, including Virginia. Protests broke out in Richmond on the night of May 28 and spread to over 50 other cities over the following days.

List of protests in Virginia

Central Virginia

Demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia on May 30
  • Appomattox: On June 4, locals participated in a prayer vigil calling for peaceful unity and healing of racial tensions.[3]
  • Ashland: On June 3, demonstrators gathered at the Ashland Town Hall and then marched to the police station.[4]
  • Bedford: On June 6, about 100 protesters gathered at Washington Street Baptist Church and marched to the Bedford County Courthouse.[5]
  • Bowling Green: On June 7, local pastors organized a prayer rally in front of the Caroline County Courthouse.[6]
  • Charlottesville: About 15 people demonstrated with signs on University Avenue on May 29.[7] On Saturday, a large crowd flooded the streets near the police station, briefly blocking an intersection during a #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd event.[8][9]
  • Lakeside: A 36-year-old leader of the Ku Klux Klan drove a truck into a group of protestors, injuring at least one.[10][11] The driver was arrested, charged with "attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism, and assault and battery", and was held without bond.[10]
  • Lawrenceville: On June 2, about 125 protesters marched from Saint Paul's College to Courthouse Square.[12]
  • Lynchburg: About 100 people gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Lynchburg Community Market on May 30.[13] On June 1, two Lynchburg officers were hospitalized after being assaulted by a crowd of rioters that evening.[14]
  • Richmond:

Shenandoah Valley

  • Covington: On June 5, protesters gathered in downtown Covington.[15]
  • Front Royal: On June 5, approximately 1,200 protesters gathered at Bing Crosby Stadium. The organizers claim that it is the largest protest to ever happen in Front Royal.[16]
  • Harrisonburg: On May 29, over 300 people gathered to protest in Court Square. The protesters broke out into chants, and at one point knelt like Colin Kaepernick's police brutality protests.[17] There was a rally in Court Square Friday, May 28, with a follow-up rally scheduled for Friday June 5 at 5:30 with a prayer and rally at 6:00. There was a silent march on Monday June 1 at 6:00 that drew over 1,000 protesters calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism. The March began at Liberty Park and proceeded down Liberty St. before turning onto Main St. and returning to Liberty Park without incident other than a woman attempting to drive through the protesters as they crossed an intersection. She was stopped. No one was injured, and the march proceeded without even slowing down.[citation needed]
  • Lexington: On June 3, a protest in downtown Lexington drew hundreds of participants.[18]
  • Orange: On June 4, hundred of protesters marched along Madison Road from the Orange Village Shopping Center to the Courthouse on Main Street.[19]
  • Staunton: On May 30, about 150 protesters marched to the Augusta County Courthouse where a "Justice for George Floyd" rally was held. Speakers included the granddaughter of a KKK member.[20]
  • Waynesboro: On June 3, about 150 protesters gathered outside of the Thomas Gorsuch Municipal Building.[21]
A protest in Staunton on May 30
  • Winchester: On May 31, peaceful protests were being held in Winchester that marched through the streets, ending in a scene at Picadilly Circle. Protesters were chanting "I Can't Breathe" while marching through the streets, and finally with "Black Lives Matter" while at the end point of Picadilly. Police were seen directing traffic around and away from the protestors in an attempt to keep the public safe. No injuries or arrests have been made public yet.[22]

Southwest Virginia

  • Abingdon: On June 6, participants gathered for a peace vigil at the Appalachian Peace Education Center in Abingdon.[23]
  • Blacksburg: About 300 people peacefully demonstrated on Main Street on June 1.[24]
  • Bristol: On June 1, about 200 people held a candlelight vigil for George Floyd on State Street in both Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee.[25] The protests were largely peaceful and held across the Tri-Cities region of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.[26]
  • Danville: On June 1, dozens of protesters marched up and down Main Street in Danville.[27]
  • Galax: On June 3, approximately 70 protesters gathered at Felts Park and marched to the Galax Police Department courtyard.[28]
  • Marion: On June 13, protesters were met with counter-protesters outside the Smyth County Courthouse.[29] Hours later a burning cross was placed in the yard of the 17-year-old organizer of the rally.[30]
  • Martinsville: On May 31, approximately 100 people gathered to protest in Martinsville.[31]
  • Norton: On June 1, dozens of participants gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.[32]
  • Roanoke: About 100 people protested in Downtown Roanoke on May 30, at least one person was arrested.[33][34]
  • Rocky Mount: On June 3, about 50 protesters gathered in front of the Franklin County courthouse.[35]
  • Wytheville: On June 2, approximately 300 protesters marched from Al Jennings Field at Wytheville Community College to Withers Park.[36]

Northern Virginia

A protest march in Manassas on June 6
  • Manassas: On May 30, several hundred protesters gathered around the area of Sudley Road and Sudley Manor Drive.[50] State and local police arrived and shortly thereafter declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.[50] Up to two officers received minor injuries.[51] State Delegate Lee J. Carter, who represents part of the area in the Virginia's House of Delegates, attended the protest. Delegate Carter was hit with pepper spray, and multiple flashbang grenades after identifying himself to the police.[50][52]
  • Stafford: A rally was held in the parking lot of the Stafford Marketplace on May 31. Stafford School Board member, Emily Young, addressed the crowd.[53]
  • Sterling: On June 6, thousands of protesters gathered at Algonkian Regional Park.[54]
  • Warrenton: peaceful protests were carried out in Warrenton on May 30 and 31.[43]

Eastern Shore

  • Accomac: On June 6, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the courthouse and marched to the library.[55]
  • Chincoteague: On June 3, protesters gathered in Donald J. Leonard Park.[56]
  • Exmore: On June 6, approximately 150 people gathered in a local park.[57]

Tidewater Region

  • Hampton Roads: On May 29, a standoff between police and protesters on West Mercury Boulevard ended with four arrests.[58] Hundreds of protesters took over major roads and bridges in the area on May 31 for the third day of protests.[59][60]
  • Norfolk: On June 2, more than 100 protesters marched from Granby Street to the Confederate monument on Main Street.[61]
  • Petersburg: On May 30, approximately 30 protesters gathered near East Bank Street and Second Street.[62]
  • Poquoson: On June 5, protesters gathered in front of the police station.[63]
  • Suffolk: On June 1, more than 140 protesters gathered at a north Suffolk shopping center.[64]
  • Virginia Beach: On June 2, an rally and prayer vigil organized by Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference was held at Mount Trashmore Park.[65]
  • Williamsburg: On May 31, hundreds of protesters gathered at the Williamsburg-James City County courthouse.[66]

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