The barriers to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are being removed to allegedly make way for traffic for the first time in a year.
Workers for the city of Minneapolis started removing barriers at the intersection of 38th and Chicago on Thursday morning, according to reports.
It was there on 25 May 2020 that Mr Floyd was murdered by a former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who keeled on the Black man’s neck for more than nine minutes. He is awaiting sentencing.
According to CBS Minnesota, the Minneapolis police department were not involved in the removal of the barriers. An act that will be controversial for campaigners.
The intersection became famous for its memorial of Mr Floyd — known informally as “George Floyd Square” — and was among a number of streets and public squares renamed in his memory.
A spokesperson for the city of Minneapolis told KSTVP on Thursday that the removal of the barriers was an effort by the community group, Agape, who have provided security for the area.
The mayor of Minneapolis was allegedly not informed by the public works department of the plans in advance.