Pig's head thrown at former home of Chauvin defense witness NBC News

Lawrence Kim
April 19, 2021

Police responded to the home at about 3 a.m. Saturday and discovered blood on the home and a severed pig's head on the front porch.

He testified that his review of the evidence in the high-profile case led him to the opinion that the type of force Chauvin used on George Floyd was justified and that the former Minneapolis police officer "was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd".

Vandals left a pig's head at the one-time California home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd, police said. The suspects also left a sign in front of the statue which had a picture of a pig and read "Oink Oink".

A red substance, believed to be animal blood, was also splattered on the garage doors of Brodd's former residence.

"It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony", the Santa Rosa Police Department said. Bystander videos of Floyd's arrest went viral showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, including a period of time after Floyd had lost consciousness and was found to be without a pulse. It is believed that the location was targeted by mistake, with the perpetrators not knowing that Brodd had moved away several years ago.

Investigators believe the vandals thought that Brodd - a former Santa Rosa police officer - still lived at the residence, but he has been a Santa Rosa resident for a number of years.

Chauvin is now on trial in connection to the May 2020 death of George Floyd, and is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Brodd, a former Santa Rosa police officer, told the court last Tuesday that it is "easy to sit and judge.an officer's conduct".

"That isn't an incident of deadly force", Brood said, according to the Associated Press.

Following Brodd's testimony last week, Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro released a statement saying that Brodd had not been employed with the department since 2004 and "his comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department". "That's an incident of an accidental death", Brodd testified.

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