Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has been reportedly appointed bodyguard after receiving numerous "serious" and "credible" threats that emerged after he called for the removal of Confederate monuments in the city of Virginia amid nationwide unrest.
Statues to be removed include those of Richmond & # 39; s Monument Avenue, which houses Confederate monuments, among other things. Stoney issued an emergency order to dispose of the statues in early July, as well as a lawsuit to block the order, and raised concerns that protesters may injure themselves if they tried to tear them down.
According to Newsweek, the monuments that have already been removed from the city were dismantled and stored in a sewage treatment plant.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that a Stoney spokesman said the mayor received threats after vowing to remove the Confederate monuments in June.
"Due to serious, credible and ongoing threats to Mayor Stoney, RPD chief Smith assigned the mayor a security detail," a Richmond Police Department spokesman told Newsweek. "It is now in effect and will remain for the time being. For security reasons, we will not publish the tactics of the details. The threats are being investigated."
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In addition, a mayor spokesman told the Associated Press, "The mayor has traveled to hundreds if not thousands of public and private events without police protection in the past three and a half years. Unfortunately, recent events have made this clear. We are now at different times. "
The mayor continued, "The mayor will continue the unprecedented outreach and personal engagement with the residents who defined his tenure, but for obvious reasons we cannot discuss details of his security."
The protesters themselves overturned a number of Confederate statues in the city during ongoing demonstrations. A hologram of George Floyd, who died from the Minneapolis police, was projected over the site of a memorial to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond.
Richmond, Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy during the civil war.