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Monday, June 1, 2020

George Floyd memorial...

Today my DH and I went to the memorial site, which is only about 1 1/2 miles from our house, where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis policeman. This has been a gathering spot for protesters and for those who simply wish to grieve his loss and honor his life.

Here are a few photos I took so that I could share them with you.

Cup Foods is a small convenience store at 38th St. and Chicago Ave. The area just in front of the store is where Mr. Floyd was killed.

This is in the middle of the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave. When we arrived there were many people standing in a circle around this memorial site and speakers were taking turns addressing the crowd.

This outlines the place where Mr. Floyd lay with two policemen holding him down and one with his knee on his neck. It has been determined through an independent autopsy that Mr. Floyd died from mechanical asphyxiation.

Finally, here is a mural on an exterior wall of Cup Foods with many notes, bouquets of flowers and other items honoring Mr. Floyd's life.

We are still under curfew here in Minneapolis, but it has been shortened to 10 pm - 4 am, at least for today. I don't know if that is a new "weekday curfew" or simply a minor lifting of restrictions.

This is a lovely little restaurant very close to our house--just 2 1/2 blocks away. It had just opened a few weeks before the pandemic raised its ugly head. It had to immediately switch to "take out only." Because of the riots that have accompanied the peaceful protests, many businesses have boarded up their windows and doors to prevent rioters breaking them and looting whatever is inside. We often see protest-supportive messages on the plywood, like you see here.

Even our closest Dairy Queen is boarded up. I believe they are still open for business during regular business hours, and the plywood is just a precaution.

As you can see from these photos, even my neighborhood on the southeast edge of the Minneapolis city limits has been greatly impacted by this senseless homicide. I only hope and pray it is resolved with courage, grace, wisdom and justice.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Its All Fiddle Fart said...

Oh Cheryl, what can I say? Thank you for sharing these pictures and your feelings. Would you mind if I link to your post to my blog in the next day or two
We too, in the UK are horrified and sickened by the events in Minneapolis. This poor, poor man, what on earth must have been going through his mind as his life needlessly and senselessly ebbed away. He was completely helpless and no doubt terrified.
I hope justice is served and those involved in and guilty of this crime are punished for what they have done. I hate watching life through a mobile phone lens, but thank goodness someone recorded this awful event for the whole world to see. RIP George. Your death is now part of history and I pray we learn from it.

Lynette said...

Thanks for sharing the photos, Cheryl. This is all a bit surreal. Take care.

Patti J said...

Cheryl, thanks for sharing these photos. This is just so surreal. That poor man, and his poor family that has probably had to watch him die over and over, each time the video is shown. My heart hurts for them all. Thank you, and please stay safe!

Glittered Paws said...

What awesome pictures - and these are IRL-every time I see his death on TV I get sick, this is not what our world is supposed to be about. And we just had Easter 7 weeks ago and Jesus died for ALL of us, not just some. Praying for peace and calm in your city and that you stay safe. Please stay in touch and keeping you and your city in my prayers.

Lynne in NI said...

Just awful that this is still happening in this day and age! All over our news and protests on the streets of Belfast too :(