'George Floyd Ave.' Sign Appears at Site of His Killing As Thousands Sign Petition Calling for Renaming of Street

A "George Floyd Ave." street sign has appeared on the interstate where the Minneapolis man was killed, but city officials say the sign was not put up by them.

The name appears to have been pasted over the original Chicago Avenue sign at the intersection with 38th Street, the spot where Floyd was arrested by police on May 25.

The area has since become a memorial site for the man whose killing has sparked mass protests.

A city of Minneapolis spokesperson told Fox 9 that they did not install the sign, but are looking into the possibility of an official name change for Chicago Avenue to George Floyd Avenue. Any decision would have to be approved by the City Council.

The sign appeared as an online petition calling for Chicago Avenue to be renamed "in honor of our fallen brother" attracted thousands of signatures.

The "Rename Chicago Avenue to George Floyd Avenue" change.org petition was set up by a group of community leaders under the name The Coalition for Justice, Peace and Love.

It has gained more than 23,000 signatures since it was set up last week.

"The atrocious murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd has been indelibly burned into the memory of people worldwide," the petition states. "We are outraged. We are broken. We are crying out for change.

"The whole world seems to be sending and hearing mixed messages right now. Some cry for justice, while others push for peace, and still others say we should just love one another," the petition adds. "These realities should not exist independently from each other or else our vision for change becomes simplistic and short-sighted."

The petition also praises how the local community has come together at Floyd's memorial site "in a galvanizing way" since his death.

In a statement to Newsweek, a City of Minneapolis spokesperson said: "City staff and council offices are discussing a commemorative name change to a Minneapolis street. The item has not yet been heard at Council, and is anticipated soon."

Change.org previously revealed that another petition related to Floyd has since gone on to become their most signed ever.

The "Justice for George Floyd" petition, which has been signed by nearly 18 million people, was set up prior to Derek Chauvin and three other Minneapolis police officers being charged in connection with his death.

Chauvin is accused of second-degree murder while Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Keung are accused of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

"But the fight for justice continues, as does the need to keep a spotlight on Minneapolis," an update on the petition reads. "Please help me make sure there is a fair judicial process that results in justice and in the conviction of George Floyd's murderers."

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A street sign is pasted over with a decal reading "George Floyd Avenue" on June 8, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd died at the cross streets on May 25 while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Stephen Maturen/Getty