Progress Virginia Stands in Solidarity With Youth Organizers Taking a Stand Against Systemic Police Brutality

RichmondToday, student and youth organizers from the Virginia Student Power Network filed a lawsuit suing the City of Richmond, the Richmond Police Department, and the Virginia State Police for violating their constitutional right to free speech, assembly, and protest. The lawsuit requests an immediate order to stop these violations. This lawsuit comes is a direct result of the ongoing, brutal attacks the Richmond Police Department and Virginia State Police have perpetuated against community members standing up to white supremacy and police violence.

At Progress Virginia, were thrilled to stand in support of the students and youth organizers at the Virginia Student Power Network who are bravely standing up to the out of control police officers who have been violently attacking our community on an almost nightly basis for nearly a month. These hard working young people are doing the work to dismantle white supremacy and end police violence in our community, and we are in awe of their incredible leadership, Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia said.

The Richmond Police Department and Virginia State Police are out of control and have essentially declared war on the people of Richmond. They are inciting riots against peaceful community members reclaiming public space by using chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and other excessively violent tactics against the very people they are supposed to protect and serve on an almost nightly basis. This is not how police are supposed to operate and it is wholly unacceptable. We hope the Virginia Student Power Network will be successful in getting their injunction, and we will stand with them as they work to dismantle white supremacy and put an end to police brutality in our community.