The John B. Castleman statue, in Louisville's Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, was removed from its pedestal where it stood for over 100 years. The statue to the controversial Castleman has been vandalized often over the last ten years. The statue is lifted off its base. June 8. 2020

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.