UA-35290487-2 A George Floyd mural has appeared in the Northern Quarter

A George Floyd mural has appeared in the Northern Quarter

The portrait of the black security guard, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, after being forcibly held down by police officers, was painted this afternoon.

The mural of George Floyd in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter.

A street art mural of George Floyd, who died after being forcibly pinned down by police officers in the USA has appeared in the Northern Quarter.


The piece was painted by street artist Akse over the course of this afternoon in Stevenson Square.


The portrait of George Floyd has taken up a spot in the Northern Quarter close to Soup Kitchen, Flok, Eastern Bloc and Noho.


On May 25, the unarmed black security guard died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after being forcibly held down by police officers.


A viral video of the incident showed the 46-year-old saying he was in pain and couldn’t breathe while one white officer, Derek Chauvin, is pictured pinning George Floyd’s neck down with his knee.

George Floyd was held down by police for almost nine minutes.

Mr Floyd died soon afterwards, leaving behind his family, including two daughters, one aged six and one aged 22. The video and George Floyd’s death have sparked global protests through the Black Lives Matter campaign.


Derek Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third degree murder – defined as “killing someone unintentionally and not done as part of the commitment of another felony” in the United States – after pressure mounted on the Minneapolis Police Department.


The other three officers who were present during the incident have been labelled by Minneapolis’ chief of police as “complicit” in George Floyd’s death, although only Chauvin has been charged with murder.


The Northern Quarter mural is not the only tribute to be paid to George Floyd in Manchester.

Tonight, Trafford Town Hall will be bathed in purple light as a gesture of solidarity with Mr Floyd, his family and the Black Lives Matter campaign, council leader Andrew Western has announced.


Wythenshawe Hall will also light up this evening to show support for the recent protests in America.


Coun Western said: “Trafford will stand in solidarity with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities around the world tonight as we light the town hall purple to remember George Floyd.

“The video in my view clearly depicts the unlawful killing of a defenceless, handcuffed man and is one of the most vile and heart-breaking images I’ve ever seen.


“Justice must be served for this man and his family, and we must all stand together to continue to challenge racism, hatred and bigotry in all its forms.”


Over the weekend, Black Lives Matter demonstrations were held in Manchester.


Protesters gathered in St Peter's Square where they knelt in tribute to Mr Floyd, 46.


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