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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:56 PM

Northam extends state of emergency in Richmond, citing 'civil unrest'; Stoney requested the move

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday quietly signed an executive order extending a state of emergency declaration in Richmond, citing "civil unrest" following weeks of protests that have resulted in some violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

The order gives the administration the ability to deploy additional state resources to "implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities" to return the city to "pre-event conditions as much as possible."

That includes emergency funding for government response to the protests and activation of the Virginia National Guard, according to the order. Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said the administration has "absolutely no plans to deploy the National Guard," and said a reference to it in the order is standard language.

Northam's order reads: "Often, peaceful demonstrations evolve into conflicts with law enforcement during late night and early morning hours. These events have required significant intervention to ensure the safety of protesters and the public, protect property and provide additional resources to support our local and state partners."

Read more: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/northam-declares-state-of-emergency-in-richmond-citing-civil-unrest-amid-protests/article_2fb06762-1463-525b-8350-4ef7f2c9ec19.html

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