11 Arrested During Protest Outside Richmond City Justice Center


Richmond Police arrested 11 people during a protest outside the Richmond City Justice Center on Tuesday.

The group was gathered outside of the Justice Center to protest conditions in the Richmond jail after COVID-19 outbreak among 100 inmates and staff was reported.

Richmond police officers arrived outside of the Justice Center to help the Richmond Sheriff’s office deal with the group protesters who had moved from the public sidewalk onto Justice Center grounds during the demonstration, causing a security concern, according to the Richmond police description of the incident,

Just before 7 p.m., a man on a bicycle attempted to block a tow truck trying removing a vehicle that had been illegally parked in front of the Justice Center. When a Richmond police officer arrived at the scene, the man tried to flee on his bike and was then stopped by the officer. Other protesters witnessed this and attempted to stop the arrest, leading to those people being arrested as well, according to the police account.

A video of the incident was captured and published to the RVA Magazine Instagram account. That video is below.

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Richmond City Jail • RPD violently tackling a bicyclist who was almost hit by an unmarked police vehicle • Police then violently engage protestors from the “Free Them All Car Rally” advocating for inmates who are impacted by Covid • More than a 103 inmates are currently under quarantine with potential symptoms or exposure (there are 675 total inmates) to the virus • Dozens more have tested positive • Additional info @ broadcastben_ on Twitter • This video was captured by @broadcastben from ABC 8 News ▫️▪️▫️▪️ • • #covid #policereform #policeviolence #policeaccountability #richmondva #richmond #richmondcityjail #inmatesupport #coronavirus #rvaphotographer #protestphotography #movementphotography #blacklivesmatter #blm #rva

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A flyer on social media for the protest read: “Our comrades on the inside are facing retaliation from officers for simply requesting adequate medical attention. These conditions are inhumane. We stand in solidarity with those who have been kidnapped, convicted and caged.”

On Wednesday, Richmond police released the names and charges for the 11 protesters arrested.

Their names and charges are as follows:

  • Stephen Roach
    • Obstruction of Justice
    • Impeding the flow of traffic

  • Benjamine Skromine
    • Obstruction of Justice
    • Impeding the flow of traffic

  • Gabrielle Brost Hoffman
    • Obstruction of Justice

  • Aditya Mohan
    • Obstruction of Justice

  • Rachel Fidlow
    • Obstruction of Justice


  • Andre Rosson
    • Obstruction of Justice

  • Alex Oxford
    • Obstruction of Justice with Force

  • Jonathan Miranda
    • Disorderly Conduct

  • Susanna Keating
    • Disorderly Conduct

  • Mollie Luck
    • Disorderly Conduct

  • Carmen Day
    • Disorderly Conduct

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Jacob Taylor is a reporter at The Virginia Star and the Star News Digital Network. Follow Jacob on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Richmond City Justice Center Protest” by RVA Mag.








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