Three VCU students were arrested for wearing masks in protests Saturday

Photo by Adam DuBrueler.
Photo by Adam DuBrueler.

Three of the seven people arrested in various demonstrations Saturday are VCU students, according to a university spokesperson.

Thomas Rockett, 21, of Herndon, Corissa Duffey, 25, of Stockbridge, GA and Ian Gerson, 32 of Brooklyn, NY were charged for wearing masks last Saturday.

Another person at the protest was arrested for wearing a mask. Two of the seven were charged with illegal possession of a gun and another was charged with disorderly conduct.

Members of the pro-Confederate group who came to rally near the Lee statue left the protest. Richmond Police said it was due to a “mutually agreed-upon decision.”

VCU Pres. Michael Rao sent an email to members of the university’s community Monday giving thanks to VCU Police Chief John Venuti and others who “helped ensure that Saturday’s protests near our Monroe Park Campus were largely civil and free from violence.”


Fadel Allassan Contributing Writer

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