Take Your Knee of Our Necks Drawing



Jawhan, Poet for Peace


Take Your Knee of Our Necks Drawing


3759 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN, USA


A drawing of the four police officers that murdered George Floyd with the names of four black men (Floyd, Castile, Clark, Garner) killed by police. On the side you see four people yelling for the officer (Derek Chavin) to stop. In the background you see four people holding a sign that says 8 minutes 46 seconds. Cup Foods is indicated as the location by a listing of things sold in the store. There is a Minneapolis Police Department vehicle with the words "protect and serve." In the corner we see the artist's name.


At George Floyd memorial, taped to window of Cup Foods. DIY lamination for protection from the elements.


Artist: Jawhan, Poet for Peace
Photographed by Chioma


Urban Art Mapping Research Project







George Perry Floyd (October 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020) was a 46-year-old Black American man who was murdered by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s murder sparked an international movement for Black Lives Matter, the largest civil rights movement of the century. On March 12, 2021, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Floyd's family. On June 25, 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for his crimes.

Jamar O’Neal Clark (May 3, 1991 - November 16, 2015) was a 24-year-old Black American man residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On November 15, 2015, Clark got into a confrontation with paramedics who arrived to respond to a fight involving his girlfriend at an apartment birthday party on the 1600 block of Plymouth Avenue North. When Clark did not cooperate upon the arrival of Minneapolis Police Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze who responded at 12:45 a.m., a struggle ensued. Clark was wrestled into custody on the ground, where the EMS supervisor knelt on his chest before one of the officers shot him. Clark succumbed to his injuries the following night of November 16 after being taken off life support.

Philando Castile (July 16, 1983 - July 6, 2016) was a 32-year-old Black American man who was driving with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter on the night of July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. At 9:00 p.m., Castile was pulled over by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and advised the officer that there was a gun in the car that Castile was licensed to carry. The situation rapidly escalated, with Yanez panicking and firing seven close-range shots at Castile, hitting him five times. Reynolds posted a livestream video to Facebook immediately after the shooting, in which her young child attempts to comfort her in the background. Castile died of his wounds at 9:37 p.m. at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Eric Garner (September 15, 1970 - July 17, 2014) was a 43-year-old Black American father of six and grandfather of three from the Staten Island borough of New York City. On July 17, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., Garner was approached by plainclothes New York City Police Officer Justin D'Amico on the streets of Tompkinsville, Staten Island, where D’Amico proceeded to accuse Garner of selling individual cigarettes in violation of New York state law. After a brief confrontation, Garner was placed in an illegal chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. While pinned down by multiple officers, Garner repeated the words "I can't breathe" 11 times while lying face down on the sidewalk. Once unconscious, Garner was left on the sidewalk for seven minutes before receiving Emergency Medical Services care, who upon their arrival failed to place Garner on oxygen or administer any emergency medical aid with any sense of urgency. Garner was pronounced dead one hour later at a hospital. The following December, a Richmond County grand jury failed to indict Pantaleo. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice elected to not bring criminal charges against Pantaleo under federal civil rights laws. Pantaleo was fired on August 19, 2019, over five years after Garner's death.

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