Virginia Man Who Drove Into Crowd of Protesters is “Admitted Leader” of the KKK
By Arianna Coghill
June 8, 2020

Welcome to today’s edition of the Dogwood. We’ve got a roundup of Virginia news coming right up.

But First…

Officials are urging demonstrators who protested against racism and police brutality to get tested for the coronavirus in order to prevent further spread of the disease. — WUSA

Five Things You Need to Know Today

  1. Virginia Man Who Drove Into Protesters is ‘Admitted Leader’ of the KKK- A Virginia man who drove his pickup truck into protesters during a march on Sunday is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan, according to a Henrico county attorney. Harry H. Rodgers has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism and assault and battery. — Dogwood

  2. VA Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Eviction Proceedings- The Supreme Court of Virginia has acted to halt all eviction proceedings across the commonwealth until June 28. Gov. Ralph Northam requested a moratorium over the weekend, sending a letter to Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald Lemons. Chief Justice Lemons then issued an order in response that modifies the court’s earlier declaration on a Judicial Emergency in response to the pandemic. —NBC 29

  3. Virginia’s Coronavirus Cases Increase by 570 new cases- Currently, there are 51,251 reported cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, with 570 new cases since yesterday according to the Virginia Department of Health. There are currently 5,143 hospitalizations and 1,477 deaths due to the virus. According to the VDH, 381,220 people have been tested for the coronavirus across the commonwealth. — Dogwood

  4. Virginia Officer Charged After Using a Stun Gun on Black Man without Provocation- Fairfax County officer, Tyler Timberlake, has been charged with three misdemeanor accounts of assault and battery after authorities said he used a stun gun on a black man with provocation. Body-worn camera footage shows Timberlake deploying the stun gun on the victim multiple times and sticking his knees on the man’s neck and back. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

  5. Confederate Monument Pulled Down by Protesters on Sunday– Over the weekend, another Confederate statue in Richmond was pulled down from its pedestal in Monroe Park by a small group of protesters, according to the Richmond Police Department. The statue was of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham. It is unclear if the statue will be permanently removed by Mayor Levar Stoney’s ordinance on July 1. — Dogwood
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