According to local officials, a lightning strike in Toledo, Ohio completely destroyed a George Floyd mural that was painted on the side of a bar.
According to the police, the art crumbled after 5 pm on Tuesday.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department officially attributed the destruction to a lightning strike based on witness accounts and an investigation of the scene. City building inspector Hugh Koogan has disputed the report, however, saying the wall had been showing signs of weakness for some time and likely just gave way on its own.
“It was just age. It just came away,” Koogan told the Blade. “It happens to the older buildings.”
Artist David Ross, who painted the mural, says he believes the mural was either destroyed by an act of God or vandalism. Ross said that while painting the mural, he saw the strength of the wall first-hand and said it should’ve remained standing for much longer.
“When I did the mural, there was stuff on the wall that I couldn’t remove and that let me know how strong that structure was,” Mr. Ross stated. “The lightning thing, that’s possible, but I know it didn’t just fall.”
Floyd became an icon and hero for the Left after he was killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin who was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
The Daily Wire reported:
Chauvin was facing up to 40 years after he was convicted in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The former officer has been held in solitary confinement at a state prison since the conviction.
As highlighted by The Washington Post, under typical circumstances, Chauvin should have been facing 11 to 12 years behind bars per state sentencing guidelines for someone with no criminal history. However, Judge [Peter] Cahill ruled last month that “prosecutors had proven there were aggravating factors in the case that called for a tougher sentence.”