Police chief: Garth Brooks, Richmond Marathon covered amid possible protests

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said his officers are prepared to handle the Richmond Marathon, Garth Brooks concerts, as well as possible Anti-Trump protests despite an already busy week working overtime to cover the protests.

Durham said RPD is fully staffed for the Richmond Marathon, and their crowd management team is ready in case of a protest.

The Chief also said he has the Garth Brooks concerts at the Coliseum covered.

This is Garth Brooks' first concern in Richmond in nearly two decades.

“This is our kind of place. I snuck a peek in the thing as I was walking down the hall, this is our kind of place, they’re so excited to play, we haven’t played in 152 years it feels like,” Brooks said to chuckles.

The Virginia State Police and VCU Police will be helping RPD.

If there is a protest, Chief Durham said it’s likely to happen around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

He said the VCU kids participating are protesting peacefully, but outsider anarchists are the ones causing trouble.