(Meredith) -- One man is taking it upon himself to clean up Minneapolis after the city was rocked by violent protests following the death of an unarmed black man.

A Facebook post about Marvin Applewhite, a black man, has gone viral. The post shows a picture of Applewhite picking up trash in a CVS parking lot.

The post, made by Stephen Richards, explains that Applewhite felt the news media focused on "black people looting, but there are many of us here also trying to clean up."

Black man starts project to clean up Minneapolis after violent protests

Marvin Applewhite, right, is taking it upon himself to clean up Minneapolis after the city was rocked by violent protests following the death of an unarmed black man.

Applewhite created a GoFundMe to aid his cleanup efforts. He said he noticed "a lot needs to be done" and he is in need of brooms, trash bags and more.

"I want to be able to give the [people] who help food, water and hopefully a little stipend. It's lots of work [that] needs to be done and I'm willing to lead and get it done. So if there's anything you can give for this cause will be appreciated," Applewhite wrote on the GoFundMe page.

As of early Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe has raised more than $16,000, far surpassing its modest $5,000 goal. You can donate here.

Minneapolis was rocked by violent protests following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. During the protests, businesses were looted and burned down.

Floyd's arrest was caught on camera Monday and sparked nationwide outrage. A police officer was seen kneeling on Floyd's neck, who cried out that he could not breathe, and nearly eight minutes later he became unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Police were arresting Floyd on suspicion of writing a fraudulent check. Four officers involved in the incident were fired the next day, and the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck was arrested Friday.

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