Tavares Floyd of Richmond, council liaison for City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, speaks at the 5000 Man March last Saturday at the Lee statue about the racial inequities in Richmond and throughout the nation, as well as the “bad apples” within police departments. His cousin, George Floyd, was killed May 25 by a Minnesota police officer, who has since been charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
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After days of protests and videos of police tear-gassing and pepper-spraying peaceful crowds, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith was asked to resign Tuesday by Mayor Levar M. Stoney
A year ago, new Richmond Police Chief Will Smith was extolled as the best thing since sliced bread when it came to leading 754 sworn officers in the fight against crime.