Minneapolis city officials are facing backlash for allowing a street to be named after George Floyd, who died below the knee of a white police officer in May.
A stretch of a city street that includes the spot where Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor.
Although the street will always be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr Place.
City council approved the nomination on Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said it would likely approve it as well.
Following the announcement, several people took to social media to criticize this decision.
Minneapolis city officials face backlash for allowing a street to bear the name of George Floyd who died below the knee of a white police officer in May
Following the announcement, several people took to social media to criticize the decision
“I don’t think anyone disputes that the officers are wrong and rightly charged with the death of George Floyd. But now, do we name a street in memory of a criminal? What a joke, ”shared a Twitter user.
Another user wrote: ‘When George Floyd, Breanna [sic] Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Philando Castille, etc.
“When RBG dies of cancer, the libs want to demolish everything. Do you see the problem? ‘
A third person said: “It won’t be long before someone is killed there, and it won’t be by the police.”
In a tweet, another person argued that black people want justice instead of changing street names.
“Americans rename the streets like ‘George Floyd Jr. Street’ I’m sure black people don’t want the street names changed. They want justice and change, ”the user tweeted.
Meanwhile, there were others who had no problem with the street being renamed Floyd
Benjamin Crump, who represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Floyd and Breonna Taylor, shared, “We will continue to make changes in our communities in your honor, brother.”
A group of protesters occupied the area, claiming they would not leave until the city responded to their demands, including funding for anti-racist training and a temporary freeze on property taxes for residents of that area. .
Meanwhile, there were others who had no problem with the street being renamed Floyd.
“The Conservatives are triggered because a street will be named after George Floyd, but they absolutely agree that the schools are named after slave owners. Make sense, all of you, ”one person said on Twitter.
Benjamin Crump, who represents the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Floyd and Breonna Taylor, shared: “3 blocks down Minneapolis Street where #GeorgeFloyd took his last breath will be renamed” George Perry Floyd Jr. Place “in his memory. .
“We will continue to make changes in our communities in your honor, brother. ”
Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck even as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.
His death was captured in a widely viewed spectator video that sparked protests around the world.
Months after Floyd’s death, the intersection remains barricaded and now houses a memorial.
A group of protesters have occupied the area, claiming they will not leave until the city responds to their demands, including funding for anti-racist training and a temporary freeze on property taxes for residents of this area. zoned.
The city had announced plans to reopen 38th Street this summer, but backed off, avoiding a confrontation.
The city continues to work on a long term plan for the intersection.