Stop the Violence Community Day aims to promote peace and unity in Richmond neighborhoods

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In light of recent violence across the country, the Church Hill community came together on Sunday to spread positivity in the neighborhood.

“When we bring the community together like this, ain’t nothing but love, you don’t have to worry about no violence.”, says Von Johnson of Rolling for Freedom.

A huge crowd took part in all the fun at Lucks Park for Sunday’s ‘Stop the Violence Community Day’ as part of a greater effort to keep the peace.

Lieutenant Michael Alston with Richmond Police says, “Based on the things that have been trending across the united states with conflicts with police departments and citizens and some of the accusations made, we thought it would be a good idea to just come together and make sure we bring our community together in sector 113,” said Richmond Police Lieutenant Michael Alston.

During the day’s festivities, teams of community members and law enforcement played against each other in a softball tournament. There was also plenty of food, music, and laughter to go around.

An important show of unity and togetherness according to Clovia Lawrence, also of ‘Rolling for Freedom.

“All we need to do is just come together and if we’re on a team, it’s a team of one,” she said.

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