Richmond Police have issued a statement this afternoon (12/7) in anticipation of a Confederate States of America demonstration on Monument Avenue Saturday, promising “zero tolerance for criminal activity.”
A small Tennessee-based group that prompted a massive police response in September, promised it would be back.
But Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante said, “Should an assembly occur on Monument Avenue, even though group has applied for a permit, the department is prepared to deal with it.”
A permit is required only if the group is large enough to block traffic or impede pedestrians on the sidewalk.
He says Monument Avenue will be open as usual, without restrictions, but, “We ask anyone who comes down Monument Avenue to be cooperative and non-confrontational. Pedestrians should stay out of the roadway remain on the sidewalks and cross in the crosswalks. The department has issued a release that emphasizes zero tolerance for criminal activity.”
The September demonstration drew seven demonstrators and several hundred counter protesters and cost the department 570 thousand dollars. This time they say they are prepared, but essentially plan to ignore it.