During an emotional news conference, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said police needed “to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department” to reach the scene of the blaze.
Firefighters were blocked over the weekend from trying to reach a burning house with a child inside, an emotional Virginia police chief said during a Sunday news conference.
Richmond Police Chief Will Smith said rioters had intentionally started a fire in “an occupied building on Broad Street” early Sunday. Officers were called in because fire apparatus were being prevented from reaching the scene.
- Chaos erupted at a Minneapolis protest Tuesday night over George Floyd’s death on Monday
- Police in riot gear threw tear gas and rubber bullets at people who held banners saying ‘I can’t breathe’
- Demonstrators were pictured with milk doused in their faces to limit the effects of the gas
- Protesters were demanding the four officers are charged over the black man’s death
- A video emerged Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck during his arrest
- Floyd was heard repeatedly telling cops he was in pain and could not breathe before losing consciousness
- Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man later died in the hospital and four officers have been fired
- FBI and state authorities are now investigating the man’s death
- George Floyd’s family said the cops ‘murdered’ Floyd and are calling for officers to face murder charges