New York City's George Floyd statue has been defaced by a struggling actor who has apparently been in small roles on series such as "Parks and Recreation," "CSI: New York," and "That's So Raven." The actor was arrested and charged with defacing a George Floyd statue in the city.
Micah Beals, 37, was charged with criminal mischief in connection with an incident earlier this month involving the George Floyd monument, according to USA Today. According to the New York Police Department's hate crimes Twitter feed, surveillance footage from the area shows "a guy on a skateboard sprayed gray paint over the face and base of a monument of George Floyd." Beals was detained and charged with the offense on October 25, according to the story.
As previously reported by The Daily Wire, the monument was on display as part of Confront Art's "SEEINJUSTICE" exhibition, which also included two other statues and was unveiled to the public last Friday evening. According to the New York Police Department, the Floyd statue was damaged with paint at 10 a.m. Sunday.
“There’s video footage police were able to ascertain,” detective Frances Sammon told CNN. “They show a male ducking down under one of the statues. He then mixes something together, and, as he skates away, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
Volunteers gathered in record breaking time to remove the paint. By the time Andrew Cohen, co-founder of Confront Art, arrived, the statue had already been cleaned and was ready to be reinstalled.
“They went to the hardware and bought supplies out of their own pockets,” he told CNN. “This is inspiring teamwork and support from the community.”
One of those volunteers, Harmony Seaburg, told the outlet that cleaning the statue was “very emotional” for her.
“It was really hard to see this larger-than-life man like this,” Seaburg said. “We’re trying to get all the paint off his face, but it’s very emotional.”
Floyd became a household name on May 25, 2020, when he was assassinated by Minneapolis police officers during an attempted arrest. Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for Floyd's murder.