Justice RVA Closes Broad Street While Protesting; Police Respond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Protestors took to the streets of Richmond Monday night in what they’re calling a liberation march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of the participants are part of the group Justice RVA — which has organized nearly a dozen protests since Thanksgiving.

Group organizers say one of their main goals is to end police brutality and Monday, before they marched through city streets, a top Richmond Police Major offered to meet with the group.

“We’ve had the protests and we’ve marched,” said Richmond Police Major Steve Drew.  “Now we’d also like to sit down.”

The words are promising to those who gathered for the rally.

“I hope this is genuine and I hope that we can really get some things changed,” responded participant Attalah Shabazz.

The group marched from the park, thru the VCU campus, then lied down in silence for eight minutes on Broad Street.

“We may be disrupting traffic but we’re bringing awareness to the issues that we feel need to be addressed,” said demonstrator Jamil Jasey.

From Broad, the group went to Richmond police headquarters and lied down in the street again.

It’s officers inside the building demonstrators hope to reach.

“We’re out here fighting and we’re out here doing what Martin Luther King would want us to do,” said Shabazz.

“Let’s talk about issues with police brutality issues that you all have,” said Drew.  “We can work together and see if we can make things better as a group.”

Protestors say they welcome the meeting and pledge to keep demonstrating until things change.

Police officers were with the protestors during throughout the event.  Nobody was hurt and no one was arrested.

There’s been no word on when the forum between the group and police will occur.

Stay with 8News for the latest updates on this developing story.

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