Mural painting on the side of EOS Lounge at 500 Anacapa Street (Photo: edhat reader)
By edhat staff
Local artists are painting a new mural on the side of EOS Lounge to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The art piece was designed by Griffin Lounsbury, a multi-media artist in Santa Barbara, and assisted by local tattoo artist Chad Green. It’s located in the 500 block of Anacapa Street and depicts a profile of Floyd with the words “Please, I Can’t Breathe.”
Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man, was murdered by four police officers on Thursday. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, a white police officer kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was unresponsive for the last 2 minutes and 53 seconds.
Several bystanders recorded the event on their phones with one video showing Floyd repeating “Please” and “I can’t breathe.” The murder sparked outrage in Minneapolis that rapidly spread throughout the United States and eventually overseas with marches, protests, and rallies.
The local chapter of Black Lives Matter held a peaceful rally on Sunday against police brutality with nearly 3,000 attendees. During the march, the Santa Barbara Police Department taped off the 200 block of E. Figueroa Street where the department is located and stationed approximately twenty officers in riot gear near the intersection.
The protest leaders repeatedly stated this was a peaceful demonstration and asked the officers, as well as Mayor Cathy Murillo, to kneel in solidarity. They all declined.