George Perry Floyd Jr Place will be the new name of the street in Chicago Avenue. Minneapolis road where George Floyd was tragically pinned down by the Police officers will be renamed after him. The road however will be continued to be named as Chicago Avenue. But the area of 37th block to 39th block will be renamed as George Perry Floyd Jr Place in his honor.
A sign is soon to be installed, pending the approval of the city council.
George Floyd, an unarmed black man was pinned down by the Minneapolis police officers after arresting him. They arrested him for the suspicion of a fake $20 bill at a corner shop. He was also allegedly under the influence of being in the driver’s seat of a car.
A police officer put his knee on his neck, and he was gasping for air. He repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe”. He lost consciousness soon after and then died.
His death changed America. Black Lives Matter protests started in Minneapolis and the spread over the country. The protest soon became violent and protestors and officers often have clashed since then. The series of violent protests have only increased and more people have taken the street.
The stretch of the road where Mr. Floyd died has been barricaded since then and it holds a memorial. A group of demonstrators even have occupied the area and refused to leave until the demands are met. The demands are anti-racist training and temporary property tax freeze for people within the zone reported Mirror.
The city previously planned to open the 38th block, but backtracked after confrontation from the demonstrators.
It needs to be seen whether the demonstrators free up the area after renaming.