Vandals leave pig head, smear blood outside former home of Chauvin defense witness

The former home of an expert witness for the defense in the trial of Derek Chauvin was vandalized with blood early Sunday morning, with vandals leaving a pig head on his doorstep, Daily Mail reports.

Vandals smeared the animal blood on the home in Santa Rosa, California. Dressed in all black, they fled on foot when the homeowners called the police after they tossed the severed pig head at the house.

References to pigs are commonly used by anti-police activists to deride law enforcement officials, and anti-cop graffiti often contains references to such animals.

The damage caused to the home amounts to more than $400, constituting a felony.

The residence is the former home of Barry Brodd, an expert witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Brodd, however, no longer lives at the residence, nor does he live in California.

“Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California,” police said. “Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted.”

Brodd, a veteran of the Santa Rosa Police department, is now a private consultant who sometimes serves as an expert witness on police tactics and procedures. During the Chauvin trial, Brodd testified that Chauvin was justified in using the level of force which he used to subdue George Floyd because Floyd was resisting arrest.