Defense witness in Chauvin’s trial targeted as vandals threw pig’s head, blood into former house’s porch

29 days ago

Santa Rosa news, California news.

Santa Rosa Police said that vandals had targeted the former home of a defense witness in Chauvin’s trial, mistakenly thinking he still lived there.

Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department training officer, had testified during Chauvin’s trial that the officer’s brutality was justified while arresting George Floyd.

He added that throughout his 29 years of service, he could tell that Chauvin "was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd."

The vandalism targeting Brodd unfolded early Saturday, police said, with suspects all in black throwing a severed pig’s head into the residence, and splattering blood in the front porch.

Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted,” police said. “It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony.”

Nearly 45 minutes later, a local statue of a giant hand was also covered in blood. The vandals drew a pig’s figure and wrote “Oink Oink” on it, police added.