Pig’s head left at former home of Derek Chauvin defense witness

Pig's head left at former home of Derek Chauvin defense witness


The one-time Northern California home of a use-of-force expert who testified for the defense at the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin was vandalized over the weekend — with a pig’s head and blood, police said.

Police said in a statement that they believe the Santa Rosa house was targeted because it was once the home of Barry Brodd, a retired cop who testified last week at Chauvin’s murder trial in the death of George Floyd.

“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the department said. “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,” the statement said.

Police said they were called to the house shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, and found a severed pig’s head on the front porch and blood smeared on the front of the house.

Cops also believe another vandalism attack about 45 minutes later was carried out by the same people.

In that incident, a statue of a large hand in front of Santa Rosa Plaza was found smeared with animal blood, with a sign reading, “Oink, oink” left at the scene.

Brodd, a former Santa Rosa police officer, testified Tuesday at Chauvin’s murder trial that he believes the ex-cop’s restraint of George Floyd was in keeping with proper police practice.

In a statement released after Brodd’s testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro distanced himself from his department’s former officer.

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“We are aware of former Santa Rosa Police Officer, Barry Brodd, providing testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial,” Navarro’s statement said.

“Mr. Brodd has not been employed by the department since 2004,” the chief wrote. “His comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department.


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