Local artist works with police on George Floyd mural in Canarsie

As protests for George Floyd continue around the country, a local artist is turning to his paint brush to remember him.

News 12 Staff

Jun 29, 2020, 4:53 PM

Updated 1,387 days ago

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Local artist works with police on George Floyd mural in Canarsie
As protests for George Floyd continue around the country, a local artist is turning to his paint brush to remember him.
He's using his paint brush and using the help of some local police officers with the goal to not only honor George Floyd, but to promote unity.
The massive mural is being painted on the C-Town at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 80th Street, a spot they knew it would be highly visible.
Artist Kenny Altidor is the mastermind behind it. He's been painting murals, often of fallen police officers and firefighters all over the city for years, but says George Floyd’s death brings to the light the serious underlying issues that exist between police officers and communities of color.
“For decades, there's an inequality going around between cops and African Americans and Spanish communities. So that has been there, so that's the reason why I was an artist; I want to be a part of it so what I'm doing is to create a path where the community and the cops are working together," says Altidor.
He says they hope to the have the mural completed by next week.


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