Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) officials expect that it will cost more than $100,000 to repair the damage inflicted by violent protesters on the university's Richmond campus over the recent weekend.
The police declared an unlawful assembly and dispersed the protesters, who tore up police tape, threw fireworks and asphalt chunks at police officers, and left behind shattered windows and a burning dump truck.
"About 80 windows were broken in a dozen buildings along with site furnishings dragged onto the street and damaged and numerous buildings tagged with graffiti," Rao said. "Damage is being assessed now, but it is expected to be more than $100,000."
According to Rao, the university has been informed by law enforcement that those demonstrators were "different" compared to those participating in other demonstrations that occurred in the city in recent weeks.
"VCU supports free speech and stands in solidarity with those peacefully expressing messages of social justice and equity for all people. VCU does not condone—under any circumstance—acts of violence or vandalism, regardless of the purported cause," Rao said, adding that the university has asked the state's attorney to press criminal charges against any individuals involved with the violence.
Richmond police reported that six protesters were arrested July 25 on various charges, including unlawful assembly, rioting with a firearm, and assault on a law enforcement officer.