PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Sunday in Richmond after two days of protests and riots

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RICHMOND Va. (WRIC) — Daylight revealed burned and looted buildings after Richmond’s second night of riots. What started on Friday and Saturday as peaceful protests devolved again into vandalism across the city.

The protests are in response to the death of George Floyd, who was seen last week on video being pinned down by three Minneapolis officers while in police custody. One officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd’s neck as he continuously yelled in distress.

Saturday night, fires were set across the city including at stores on W. Broad Street near Lombardy Street. Game Stop, Starbucks, DTLR and an apartment building in the area were all looted and set on fire.

  • The Game Stop off West. Grace St. in Richmond after Saturday night riots
  • The Game Stop off West. Grace St. in Richmond after Saturday night riots
  • Stores off of West Grace street after being set on fire and looted
  • Stores off of West Grace street after being set on fire and looted

Round Two, a Richmond-based store that has expressed support of the protests, was also looted last night.

Rioters also set fires and damaged other storefronts along Broad Street.

  • Fire at Rite Aid on the corner of Belvidere and W. Broad streets
  • Fire at Rite Aid on the corner of Belvidere and W. Broad streets
  • Fire at Rite Aid on the corner of Belvidere and W. Broad streets
Graffiti that reads "No Justice No Peace" spray painted on a building in Richmond
Graffiti that reads “No Justice No Peace” spray painted on a building off of Grace street Sunday, May 31. (Photo: Megan Benson)

Another local business targeted during last night’s riots was the Tech Exchange, a video game store on W. Cary Street.

  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond
  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond
  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond
  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond
  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond
  • The Tech Exchange after being looted during a riot in Richmond

However, a mixture of contractors and regular citizens cleaned up the mess later that day.

Confederate monuments around the city were vandalized with spray-painted messages about police brutality and racism.

Graffiti was also tagged on the outside of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond, as well as being burned for some time.


Also on Sunday morning, hundreds of protesters held a peaceful demonstration and walked from Brown’s Island to 17th Street Market.

Demonstrators carried a variety of signs during the walk:

  • Brown's Island protest for George Floyd in Richmond
  • Brown's Island protest for George Floyd in Richmond
  • Brown's Island protest for George Floyd in Richmond
  • Brown's Island protest for George Floyd in Richmond
  • Brown's Island protest for George Floyd in Richmond

Later that afternoon, protesters also gathered at the base of the J.E.B. Stuart Monument chanting phrases like “No justice, no peace.” People driving by honked in support, and some bystanders dropped off water for the protestors.

Protesters gathered peacefully under the J.E.B. Monument Sunday, May 31. (Photo: Alonzo Small)

The Owner of The Broadberry and The Camel in Richmond boarded up the popular Richmond music venues while designing in an effort to show unity and “promote equality and justice.” Full statement below:

  • The broadberry with BLM boards
  • statment from RVA music venues on protests

Do you have photos or videos from the protests and riots in Richmond? Send them to us at news@wric.com.

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