Confederate statues are coming down following George Floyd's death. Here's what we know
Updated 3:45 PM ET, Wed July 1, 2020
(CNN)The death of George Floyd is leading to the removal -- by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others -- of contentious statues that have riled some residents for decades, if not longer.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis. While being arrested, Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis police officer's knee for more than eight minutes. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. His death, which was captured on video, sparked widespread protests across the US, with people calling for an end to police brutality against people of color.
Controversial monuments, especially Confederate monuments, have been the subject of nationwide debate, particularly since Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015 in an effort to "start a race war."
And it flared up again after white nationalists marched in 2017 to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed amid violent clashes between demonstrators.
Some say they mark history and honor heritage. Others argue they are racist symbols of America's dark legacy of slavery. While some cities have already made efforts to remove them, others have passed laws to protect them.
Here's a look at some of the monuments that have been removed over the past few weeks.
On July 1, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the immediate removal of several confederate statues in a video to the public.
"These statues, although symbolic, have cast a shadows on the dreams of our children of color," Stoney said. "Let me be clear, removing these monuments is not a solution to the deeply embedded racial injustices in our city and nation, but is a down payment."