One of the former homes of a witness from the Derek Chauvin murder trial was vandalized days before the prosecution and defense were set to deliver their closing arguments to the jury.
Vandals reportedly threw a decapitated pig’s head on the porch and smeared animal blood on the Santa Rosa home where Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who took the stand in the Minneapolis murder trial last week, used to live, according to the local police department. The incident occurred early Saturday morning.
The police said the vandals, who were dressed in all black, likely targeted the home under the belief Brodd still lived there.
“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the police said in a statement. “Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California. Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted.“
While no suspect has been apprehended, the vandals committed felony vandalism, a charge when the damage exceeds $500.
Less than an hour after the house was vandalized, a large statue in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza was defaced. The statue was covered with “a similar substance,” which authorities believe to be animal blood.
The perpetrators also reportedly left behind a sign that featured a picture of a pig with the phrase “Oink Oink.”
In his testimony, Brodd said that, in his opinion, Chauvin, who is facing charges of third-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter, “was justified” in the actions he took to apprehend Floyd.
“I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified and was acting with objective reasonableness, following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd,” he said.
Closing arguments in Chauvin’s trial began on Monday.
Santa Rosa Chief of Police Ray Navarro has said Brodd’s testimony does not “reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department.”