Croydon Town Hall was lit purple on Tuesday evening (June 2) in memory of George Floyd and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

George Floyd, 46, was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, May 25.

Footage of his death in police custody sparked waves of protests against racism and police brutality in the US and around the world that continue unabated.

On Tuesday, June 2, Croydon paid tribute to George Floyd's memory and announced it would light up the Town Hall purple in support of those protesting after his death.

"As dusk falls, the building will be illuminated in purple light in memory of the 46-year-old American and to show the world, Croydon stands strongly and proudly in its support of those protesting peacefully against racism and injustice across the world," a statement from Croydon Council read.

Council Leader Tony Newman also commented on the moment, describing Floyd's death as "truly shocking" and expressing his support for ethnic minorities the borough and elsewhere:

"George Floyd’s death is truly shocking and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the wider Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community both in Minneapolis and around the world.

“Croydon’s wonderful diversity is one of our borough’s greatest strengths and assets, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with all those fighting racism and fighting for justice," he said.

"Our message is loud and it is clear, Black Lives Matter across the globe and justice must be served," added Councillor Patsy Cummings, Croydon’s BAME champion.

"I am proud to champion Croydon’s BAME community and by lighting the Town Hall purple tonight, we will show Croydon supports all communities fighting racism and violent oppression.”