DIY Banner Hung Above FDR Drive in Tribute to George Floyd

Posted on: June 2nd, 2020 at 5:07 am by

Photo: Tommy Loeb

Whenever an event of significance hits the news, neighbors can easily expect a new banner unfurled on the Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR. Indeed, for the third time in as many months, a new message.

“I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, for whom these were final words. While being placed in custody, a Minneapolis police officer pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. The suspect was heard saying that he couldn’t breathe while being subdued; he died of suffocation.

His death sparked protests and riots, many of which are violent, across the country. Here in downtown Manhattan, looted stores, fires, and burned-out police vans are now a norm on the streets. And now there is a curfew in place – from 8:00pm to 5:00am.

Given the red-white-and-Blue color scheme, it appears the same area activists were also behind the last few banners here.

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