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DC mayor unveils Black Lives Matter Plaza, mural painted on 16th Street

A massive BLM mural was painted on the newly unveiled Black Lives Matter Plaza located in a section of 16th Street.
A giant "Black Lives Matter" mural has been painted on the street that leads to the White House. (Twitter/Muriel Bowser)

WASHINGTON — A Black Lives Matters mural was painted across several blocks of 16th Street early Friday morning. The city cleared the street so painters could finish the mural.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser later announced that section of 16th Street near the White House is now called "Black Lives Matter Plaza."

Bowser said one way the city is working to combat graffiti is with art. She said the city reached out to artists through the District's Mural program.

D.C. did not impose a curfew on Thursday night after zero arrests were made Wednesday night, Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

There were fewer crowds seen in the District on Thursday, but there continued to be a strong military, police, and riot control presence, in the midst of peaceful demonstrations around Washington.

"Justice for George Floyd" protests sparked after a video surfaced showing George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer.

Protests erupted nationwide days after Floyd’s death calling for the arrests of all the officers involved after a Memorial Day viral video showed Floyd being pinned down by his neck by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd, who is repeatedly heard in the video saying he can't breathe and asking for Chauvin to get off his neck, died that day.

The Minneapolis mayor on Tuesday fired all four officers involved in the incident. On Friday, Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death.

The three officers who were involved in the incident have also been charged.

D.C. was among cities across the nation who held protests since Friday night, demanding justice after George Floyd's death.