Activists again use cars, trash cans to barricade George Floyd square after crews clear area
'We are collectively committed to establishing a permanent memorial at the intersection, preserving the artwork, and making the area an enduring space for racial healing,' a joint statement from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and two city council members from last week said.
The memorial for Floyd is located on the intersection where he died after former Minneapolis police OfficerDerek Chauvinput a knee to his neck. On Thursday, concrete barriers blocking traffic placed by the city for the memorial were removed by city crews. Afterward, activists put up their own barriers.
"The City's three guiding principles for the reconnection of 38th and Chicago have been community safety, racial healing and economic stability and development for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other communities of color," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and two city council members said last week in a statement about the intersection.
"We are collectively committed to establishing a permanent memorial at the intersection, preserving the artwork, and making the area an enduring space for racial healing," the statement added.For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below: headtopics.com
People gather at George Floyd Square in the evening after the removal of barricades and pieces of memorial on June 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Early this morning crews worked to remove barriers blocking road access to the memorial site, which has been maintained by members of the south Minneapolis community since George Floyd was murdered there last year.
Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesThe memorial to Floyd was assembled after his death last year.Workers using front-end loaders and brooms arrived just before 5 a.m. and cleared the intersection where Floyd was killed, which is informally known as George Floyd Square, the
Minneapolis Star Tribunereported.The intersection has been closed to traffic since Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, and some residents and businesses have expressed frustration that it has been closed for so long.Last Thursday, city crews removed concrete barriers that blocked traffic at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, but community activists quickly put up makeshift barriers and resumed chanting the name of the Black man whose killing galvanized the racial justice movement.
The tribute at the square sprang up organically in the days after Floyd's death. As people gathered to express their grief and anger, community members set up makeshift barricades to block traffic, which the city eventually replaced with concrete ones. headtopics.com
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