Richmond police to host meeting ahead of pro-monument demonstration

Richmond officials are preparing to ban weapons at an upcoming pro-Confederate monument event on Saturday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond police will host a community meeting to answer questions about a demonstration planned for this weekend by a group that favors keeping Confederate statues in Richmond.

A Tennessee-based Confederate heritage group is planning a rally Saturday near the General Robert E. Lee monument.

Police Chief Alfred Durham said he plans to hold the meeting Thursday evening. Durham and Mayor Levar Stoney also planned a news conference for Thursday afternoon.

An organizer of the event planned for Saturday told The Associated Press Wednesday that it is aimed at protecting the Lee monument and standing up for Confederate heritage. She said her group disavows white nationalists.

Authorities have said they don't expect a crowd as large as the one at a violent white nationalist rally last month in Charlottesville.

© 2017 Associated Press


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