Earlier this evening I spoke with Wayne Powell, one of three 7th Congressional District Democrats seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to face off against Eric Cantor this November. Powell told me that when he heard what had happened at Virginia's Capitol Square, he hurried downtown to offer his legal services to the protesters that had been arrested.
Powell arrived in downtown Richmond early last night, and found that the protesters were being detained, handcuffed, on buses by the Virginia State Police and were being denied any opportunity to speak with counsel. Powell negotiated with the Virginia State Police to make certain the protesters had access to counsel and basic human needs such as water and bathroom breaks. Powell has offered his services as a defense attorney to the protesters on a pro bono basis. He does not know at this point how many of the protesters will accept his offer.
You can read Powell's initial reaction to the police overreaction at Capitol Square here. I will follow up with Colonel Powell and get more details as soon as I can.
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