Vandals splattered blood and left a severed pig's head outside the former home of an expert who testified for Derek Chauvin's defense

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A composite image of former Santa Rosa, California, police officer Barry Brodd testifying at Derek Chauvin's trial and some of the vandalism at Brodd's old house. AP/Santa Rosa Police Department
  • Barry Brodd, a former police officer, testified for Derek Chauvin's defense last week.

  • He said Chauvin's actions while arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable."

  • On Saturday, vandals left red liquid and a pig's head outside Brodd's former home, police said.

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Four days after the use-of-force expert Barry Brodd testified that Derek Chauvin's actions while arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable," his former home in California was vandalized.

A press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department said the residents of Brodd's former home were awakened shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday "by a group of subjects who threw a pig's head on their front porch and plastered blood on the front of their house."

Police believed the group, dressed all in black, went on to vandalize a statue at the Santa Rosa Plaza mall with a similar substance, believed to be animal's blood. A sign left behind at the statue read, "Oink, Oink."

Critics of the police often refer to officers as pigs.

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

In a statement, the Santa Rosa police wrote that it "appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony." The police added that Brodd no longer lives in California.

The vandals are wanted on felony charges, since they caused damage in excess of $400. No arrests have been made, and the police are asking for tips to help them identify those responsible.

Chauvin is on trial in connection with the May death of George Floyd, and is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd was pronounced dead after Chauvin knelt on his neck for minutes during an arrest, while Floyd said he couldn't breathe.

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Police believed the same group that targeted Brodd's former residence vandalized this statue at a local mall. Santa Rosa Police Department

Brodd's testimony countered that of the experts called by the prosecution, including Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Department, who said Chauvin did not follow training in his arrest maneuver.

Brodd said during the trial, "I felt that Officer Chauvin's interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing and were objectively reasonable."

"It's easy to sit and judge ... an officer's conduct," he added. "It's more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer's shoes to try to make an evaluation through what they're feeling, what they're sensing, the fear they have, and then make a determination."

Brodd also said that he doesn't believe that Chauvin used deadly force on Floyd. He likened what happened to an officer using a Taser on a suspect who could fall, hit their head, and die.

"That isn't an incident of deadly force. That's an incident of an accidental death," Brodd testified.

But medical experts called by the prosecution testified that Floyd died of a lack of oxygen caused by Chauvin's pressure on his neck.

The cause of death listed on the medical examiner's report is "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression."

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

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