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

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 19, 2021

The residents of a California house previously owned by a defense witness in the Derek Chauvin trial were awoken in the middle of the night to a horrifying scene: a severed pig's head on their front porch and pig's blood splattered across the garage and front of the home, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Brodd formerly lived in the home that was vandalized, located in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco.

Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro distanced his department from Brodd's testimony, saying in a statement last week that the former officer hadn't worked in the city since 2004 and that his comments "do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department".

The department said Brodd appeared to have been targeted over his testimony.

Last week, Chauvin's defense lawyer called upon Barry Brodd, a use-of-force expert, to testify that Chauvin did not act unreasonably when he applied his knee to the handcuffed Floyd.

Brodd's opinion countered several Minneapolis Police Department use-of-force trainers and top department officials who testified that the amount of force Chauvin used on Floyd was excessive, unnecessary and not written anywhere in the agency's policies and practices.

Officers responded to the scene around 3 a.m. PT Saturday morning.

Brodd used to be a police officer in Santa Rosa for 22 years.

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. The vandals also left a sign in front of the statue that included a picture of a pig and the words "Oink Oink", police said. The suspects were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house.

"That action is not de-escalation", Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified during the trial, which heads into closing arguments on Monday.

Brodd, who had a long career in law enforcement including with the Santa Rosa Police department, is now a consultant who serves as an expert witness on police procedures and tactics.

The Santa Rosa Police Department had dissociated itself from Brodd's testimony last week in a public statement.

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