Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Leaders of Virginia’s Black Lives Matter 757 are disputing Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s claims that “white supremacists” disguised as Black Lives Matter demonstrators were responsible for instigating a July 25 riot outside of Richmond Police Department headquarters during a planned violent protest dubbed “Richmond Stands With Portland.”
“There is a lot of misinformation going around #Richmond as to what happened Saturday night,” read a series of posts made to the Black Lives Matter 757 Facebook page late last week. “@LevarStoney is playing a huge part in this misinformation. There were no White Supremacists disguised as #BLM causing destruction – Thats a whole lie. We are requesting a press conference soon.”
Stoney previously claimed that white supremacists embedded themselves into the protests, then began rioting in an attempt to discredit the protesters’ message and tarnish their reputation in the city.
As previously reported by National File, following a night of violent demonstrations led by Black Lives Matter and Antifa-linked rioters, Stoney and Police Chief Gerald Smith held a press conference in which they attempted to blame undercover “white supremacists” for a night of mayhem that saw law enforcement officers attacked, a Chipotle restaurant and municipal garbage truck set ablaze, and more than $100,000 in damage done to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Chief of Police Gerald Smith attempted to deflect blame for the riot on to “white supremacists” who they claim infiltrated the left-wing mob in an attempt to incite violence.
“White supremacists were marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter,” claimed Smith, asserting that the previous 20 or more days of protesting and rioting did not include white supremacists.
“I would like to give a thanks to Black Lives Matter. It was not them,” Smith told members of the press.
“So, after 24 days, 24 consecutive days of people protesting, what changed last night,” asked Stoney. “Let me tell you what I think changed last night.”
“There were white supremacists marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter, attempting to undermine an otherwise overwhelmingly peaceful movement.”
Black Lives Matter 757’s contradiction of Stoney and Smith is only the latest piece of evidence contradicting in Mayor Stoney’s outlandish claims of white supremacist rioters marching alongside Black Lives Matter protesters.
Among more than 20 rioters arrested and charged by law enforcement after attempting to storm police headquarters was journalist Madeline Conger, also known as Molly Conger, or @socialistdogmom on Twitter.
Conger’s Twitter feed reveals she is a communist activist, and has argued that the notoriously violent Antifa is a peaceful organization, claiming that members spend most of their time “feeding people and writing letters to incarcerated people.”
“I was charged with misdemeanor trespassing,” Conger told her Twitter followers. “which is slightly more serious than treason.”
Police say the violent Richmond riots were instigated by white supremacists.
Madeleine Conger, aka "Molly Conger" or @socialistdogmom, a 30-year-old from Charlottesville, was arrested & charged. Conger is a communist activist & writer. pic.twitter.com/jrRaHjhnFL
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 28, 2020