Fencing Erected During George Floyd Protests Finally Removed from Washington, D.C., Landmarks

Cops stand guard outside St. John’s Episcopal Church as racial inequality demonstrations continue in Washington, D.C, June 25, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

The mesh metal fencing initially put up around 2 Washington, D.C., landmarks in the middle of rioting and demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in 2015 are lastly being eliminated.

Approximately 9 months after the fencing was put around Lafayette Park and St. John’s Episcopal Church, D.C. homeowners commemorated the deconstruction of the makeshift verge on Monday.

“It is a great day for St. John’s and for the District to have the fencing come down around the church,” Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington Mariann Budde stated in a declaration to DCist. “St. John’s is a vibrant city church, deeply committed racial equity and peaceful civic engagement for the common good. There is no fence around our hearts, and we are relieved to have the physical barriers removed at last.”

The fencing initially increased in June 2020 after previous President Donald Trump’s photo-op at the church triggered a clash in between protestors and police who looked for to clear the location for the president. In the months that followed, demonstrations and violence pestered the district, as Black Lives Matter protestors and reactionary groups clashed.

Though the elimination of the fencing is an action in going back to normalcy for the district, seven-foot-tall fencing around Capitol Hill stays, and might stay in location through September.

Homeowners, regional authorities and legislators have actually required the elimination of the fence, which has actually ended up being a flashpoint in arguments over how to protect the Capitol in the consequences of the January 6 siege.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.