Police in Oakland, California are investigating the early Tuesday morning vandalism of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s home that included messages supportive of the “defund the police” movement, Breitbart reports.
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#BREAKING: Oakland Police are investigating alleged vandalism at Mayor Libby Schaaf's home after spray painted messages were discovered on her garage door and along stonework at the front of the property early Tuesday.
— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSRadio) July 21, 2020
Photos show red paint on the front of the Mayor’s home with slogans such as “Wake Up Libby,” “Take Responsibility Now” and what appeared to say “Black Blood On Your Hands.”
“Defund OPD,” and “cancel rent,” were spray-painted in red on a garage door.
“This crosses the line, because it’s someone’s house and property,” neighbor Alexandra Wright, 15, told KCBS Radio. “It’s not exactly okay. It’s not okay on any level.”
Wright’s mother questioned the protesters’ tactics, saying: “I get that people are upset. I’m upset, too. What’s your goal?”
Schaaf spokesperson Justin Berton said about the vandalism: “An attack at the home of a publicly elected official does not advance democracy. Around 2 a.m. vandals shot projectiles at the Mayor’s home, set off fireworks, and graffitied her home with paint.
“This attack, designed to intimidate the Mayor and strike fear into her family, will not stop her from advocating for the policies she believes are in the best long-term interests of her beloved hometown. Like all Oaklanders, she supports passionate protest but does not support tactics meant to harm and terrorize others.”
On Tuesday Oakland’s City Council will decide whether to cut the Police Department budget more.