Vandals left a pig’s head and smeared pig blood on a home that a defense witness in the Derek Chauvin trial used to live in.
Chauvin is on trial in Minnesota for the death of Geroge Floyd last year.
Chauvin’s defense lawyer called upon Barry Brodd, an expert in the use of force to testify last week; Chauvin did not act unreasonably when applying his knee to the handcuffed Floyd.
Brood served as a Santa Rosa police officer for 22 years. He is now a consultant specializing in use of force tactics.
According to Santa Rosa Police Department, vandals dressed in black smeared pig blood on Brodd’s former residence — awakening the current residents of the home. They also vandalized a public monument — also with “animal” blood:
On Saturday, April 17th, 2021, at 3:07 a.m., Santa Rosa Police responded to a residence in west Santa Rosa that had just been vandalized. The victim called Santa Rosa Police after they were awakened by a group of subjects who threw a pig’s head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house. The subjects, dressed in all black, ran away as the victim called the police department.
Officers arrived to find the front of the victim’s house smeared with what appeared to be animal blood and a decapitated pig’s head near the front porch. The vandalism to the victim’s house exceeded $400, making the crime committed by the suspects a felony vandalism. The victim’s house was the previous residence of Mr.Barry Brodd. Mr. Brodd recently testified for the defense in Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin’s trial. It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony. 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.
Approximately 45 minutes later, a large hand statue in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza mall was vandalized with a similar substance, suspected to be animal blood. The suspects also left a sign in front of the statue, which had a picture of a pig and read “Oink Oink.” The suspects were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house.
The police released several photos.
The Santa Rosa Police Department, in a public statement, dissociated itself from Brodd’s testimony.
“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the Santa Rosa Police Department said. “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,” the statement said.