Va. Gov. Declares State of Emergency

Virginia Governor Northam declares state of emergency Sunday.

RICHMOND, VA -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Sunday in response to numerous instances of unlawful activity resulting in injuries to peaceful protestors and first responders, significant property damage, and continued escalation of violent events following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

“This emergency declaration will provide the necessary support to localities as they work to keep our communities safe, said Governor Northam. “There are many voices speaking out for justice and healing across the United States and in our Commonwealth, but others are exploiting this pain and inciting violence.” 

A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist localities in their efforts to de-escalate violent protests and protect public safety.

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