Lightning Destroys George Floyd Mural in Ohio. A George Floyd mural fell in Ohio, although contradictory reports existed as to whether it is a lightning strike or structural concerns.
Toledo police said that around 5 p.m. on Tuesday outside a block that once housed a bar on Summit and Lagrange streets, the great murals honoring Floyd — who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last May, setting off worldwide protests — were reduced to rubble, according to the Toledo Blade.
The wall honoring George Floyd built at the crest of the toledo Lagrange has crumbled according to the toledo police testimony of a lightning strike. Today afternoon, around 4:30 pm, the Toledo police were spotted outside of a structure, housing the Mugshots-block set up tape around the mound of stones that formerly constituted a work of art. 13 weather applications showed a lightning strike in this block.
The artwork was created about a year before it was to be demolished in July 2020. Groups have held Floyd’s Memorial Services before the mural. The building is structurally sound according to the town’s building inspector, including on the one-year anniversary of his death by a Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was then convicted of assassination and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
The building’s owner is working to clean up the bricks and tear down the rest of the mural. The city of Toledo has already issued a statement regarding the mural, stating that they will work with the arts commission on planning for a new mural or assist the commission and the artist in finding a new location and that they were heartbroken to see artist David Ross’s work collapse.
Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said in a statement.
“We may never know for certain why the George Floyd mural came down. It could have been an act of nature, or it could have been an act of vandalism,” Kapszukiewicz said. “What we do know is that the mural will be replaced.”
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