Richmond monuments vandalized during anti-Trump protests; 12 arrested

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of people gathered in and around Monroe Park in Richmond to march in protest of President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday night.

Protesters shut down several streets as they marched near VCU chanting, “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA.” Some were also carrying banners that read, “not my president.”

A large group was also seen marching onto I-95 south in downtown Richmond, eventually shutting down the interstate in both directions.

According to police, ten people were arrested for refusing to leave and charged with unlawful assembly and for being pedestrians on an interstate.

The following people were arrested and charged (the ones in bold are VCU students:

  • Mackenzie A. Werner, 21
  • Michael D. Stough Jr., 20
  • Madeline C. Lewis, 20
  • Sarah Jacqueline Camden, 25 (aka) Sawyer Jackson Camden
  • Madeline L. McElgunn, 19
  • Joseph Gerard Forcier, 20
  • Trevor A. Clarkson, 20
  • Briana M. Collazo, 26
  • Gregory Robinson, 22
  • Sofia R. Bugge, 23
  • Haley A. Reynolds, 22
  • Tion D. Edmonds, 18

According to police, Lewis was also charged with being in possession of a concealed weapon (flip-blade folding knife).

The protests continued into the early morning hours as they worked their way to Capitol Square and then back to VCU’s campus.

On Monument Avenue, both the Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee monuments were vandalized during the anti-Trump protests.

Jefferson Davis Monument
Jefferson Davis Monument vandalism reading, “your vote was a hate crime.”
Robert E. Lee Monument
Robert E. Lee Monument vandalism reading, “F*** Trump, F*** KKK.”

Police said the protests were cleared by 3 a.m.

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