Town Hall to be lit up to show solidarity with George Floyd

The makeshift memorial outside the food store in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed

Croydon Town Hall will be bathed in purple light this evening, in a gesture of solidarity with George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Floyd was killed after being forcibly held down by police officers in Minneapolis last week. A post mortem examination yesterday classified the death as homicide.

The family of Floyd have also released the results of a private autopsy, with pathologists concluding that the cause of the 46-year-old’s death was asphyxiation from sustained pressure.

There have been protests and rioting across the United States since the weekend, when a peaceful rally and march in memory of Floyd was also staged in Trafalgar Square in central London.

According to the council, “Croydon will stand in solidarity with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities around the world this evening as it lights the Town Hall purple to remember George Floyd… and to show the world Croydon stands strongly and proudly in its support of those protesting peacefully against racism and injustice across the world.”

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