About 45 people, most of them African-Americans in their 20s, rallied June 16 outside the Petersburg police station just a few days after a video was posted on social media showing what appears to be police brutality against 19-year-old Devin Thomas. The rally was called by the police accountability group Virginia Cop Block.
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PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL PRESERVATION GROUP CALLS RICHMOND’S SHOCKOE BOTTOM MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC SITE IN U.S.
“We see this as a site of conscience and one that shouldn’t just be quickly covered up with a baseball stadium,” Meeks said.