Showing posts from June 14, 2020

City of Richmond to observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday

The City of Richmond will observe Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, as a paid city holiday.   “I urge everyone to use this day as an opportunity for reflection, service and healing,” said Mayor Stoney.   Juneteenth began as a celebration of enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas in 1865 upon learning of the federal order for their freedom, which was actually issued over two years prior when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.   This year marks 155 years since the origination of Juneteenth.     For more information on the history and significance of this day, visit: . ##

Mayor Stoney requests, receives resignation of police chief, appoints interim chief

The decision comes alongside a plan for reimagining public safety Today, Mayor Stoney announced that he requested and received Chief of Police William Smith’s resignation. The mayor has appointed Major William Jody Blackwell as the Interim Chief of the Richmond Police Department.   “I have high expectations of the Richmond Police Department,” said Mayor Stoney. “And at a minimum I expect them to be willing to come around the table with the community to reform and reimagine public safety.”   “Interim Chief Blackwell is willing and able to focus on necessary public safety reform, healing and trust building within the community,” said Mayor Stoney.   The mayor went on to outline a collaborative path forward.   He indicated he has spoken to Council President Newbille, and will follow up with a letter, outlining a request that City Council work with the administration, the interim chief and the community to develop legislation to create a citizen review board.   “My hope is that City Counci