Our editorial on the topic of guns, gun control laws, and the deep disturbances in American society that lead to the tragedies we see so often.
The Virginia Defender
Established in 2005 as The Richmond Defender, The Virginia Defender is a free community newspaper, published quarterly for the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. Print distribution is currently 12,000 and statewide. The online publication launched in Summer 2020.
THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF MARCUS-DAVID PETERS
When Marcus-David Peters was gunned down May 14 by a Richmond police officer, his death quickly became national news. It wasn’t only the fact that another unarmed Black man had died at the hands of law enforcement – it was also the circumstances of his death.
PETERSBURG PROTESTERS CHARGE POLICE BRUTALITY
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.
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.
ASHLEY WILLIAMS TRIAL POSTPONED
Ashley Williams will not be going to trial tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 28. At the request of the prosecution, the trial is being postponed. No new date has been set.