Suffolk 'Peace Rally' cancelled

13News Now reporter Jonathan Costen reports

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- According to Suffolk police, a 'Peace Rally' scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled.

Event organizers requested it to be cancelled.

The event was expected to happen at Suffolk City Hall at 6 p.m. The plan was to start walking from City Hall at 7 to the train station on Main Street.

The rally was inspired to bring peace to Dre Harris, a young black man who was assaulted at the Charlottesville rally last weekend.

A GoFundMe page raising money for Harris's medical expenses goes further into detail about what happened to him.

"I was chased and beat with metal poles. I was knocked unconscious repeatedly," the post says. "Every time I went to stand up I was knocked back down."

A hashtag, #JusticeForDrePeaceRally, has been going around social media for a few days. 

According to our partners at the Virginian PilotImari Griffin is the organizer behind the rally.

Griffin posted a video on Facebook, which she has since taken down, saying, “I have received threats, threats to my life, threats to my safety, and threats to this rally…”

13News Now reached out to police to learn if they're investigating these threats. A spokesperson told us: "The Suffolk Police Department is not aware of any threats and is not investigating."

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