Thursday, November 30, 2023

Vandals Throw Decapitated Pig’s Head and Smear Blood on the Former Santa Rosa Home of Defense Witness in Derek Chauvin Trial


The following is a press release issued by the Santa Rosa Police Department:

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.

Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement on April 13th following Mr. Brodd’s testimony during the Derek Chauvin trial, and stated, “Mr. Brodd’s comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department.” (View Chief Navarro’s April 13th statement: https://srcity.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1416)

The Santa Rosa Police Department is currently conducting further investigation to identify the suspects in these vandalisms. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that would assist with the investigation is encouraged to contact SRPD through our online Tip Line: www.srcity.org/CrimeTips.

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Media inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Jeneane Kucker at (707) 543-3573 or jrkucker@srcity.org. (SRPD case numbers 21-4053/21-4084)

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