Protesters on Richmond streets, Virginia, set fire to a house with a child inside and prevented firefighters from controlling the fire.
In Police Chief William Smith’s report, the agitators intentionally set fire to the house by denying the firefighters access.
And although the boy and the occupants survived the incident, the case manager was very moved by the scene that occurred this past weekend.
“Protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street. This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days. But they prohibited us from getting on scene,” Smith said to reporters.
Tears of outrage
“We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protestors intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure fire. Inside that home was a child,” Smith said with tears in his eyes
Smith had to pause his statement to the media because he was so affected by the analysis of the case, given that a child’s life was in danger.
He was then able to explain that several agents rescued everyone inside the property, including the child.
“To me it’s unacceptable”
The police officer attributed these acts of violence to “bad actors” who seek to intensify the levels of violence both in the state and in the country.
”When you take a legitimate issue and hijack it for unknown reasons, that is unacceptable to me. It’s unacceptable to the Richmond Police Department and unacceptable to the City of Richmond,” he said.
He also announced that they are behind those responsible for this incident, ”We know that this is an organized effort. We are committed to trying to identify those who are behind this. And we are doing everything we can to arrest those who are perpetrating the violence in our community and our city, and our citizens,” he concluded.
In the face of the various events that have arisen as a result of the death of the Afro-American George Floyd, it is necessary to sow a prayer for the American people and peace in their hearts.