Oakland Democrat Mayor's Home Vandalized by 'Defund the Police' Protesters
Mayor Libby Schaaf has cheered on radical-left Black Lives Matter activists
The home of Oakland's Democrat mayor, Libby Schaaf, was attacked by "defund the police" protesters on Tuesday.
Mayor Schaaf, who has cheered on the nationwide radical-left Black Lives Matter protests, was targeted by vandals who spray-painted her home with pro-BLM and anti-police statements.
The incident has prompted an investigation by Oakland Police Department detectives.
Images show Schaaf's driveway, garage door, and house covered in phrases such as "blood on your hands" and "black ppl use 2 live here."
Reports suggest that protesters also set fireworks off outside the property before dawn.
Ironically, photos of the damage show that Schaaf had placed a "Black Lives Matter" sign in her window that was, presumably, on display while the leftist mob was attacking her home.
Photos shared to social media show slogans such as “Defund OPD,” and “cancel rent,” were spray-painted in red on a garage door.
#BREAKING: Oakland Police are investigating alleged vandalism at Mayor Libby Schaaf's home after spray painted messages were discovered on her garage door and along stonework at the front of the property early Tuesday.— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSRadio) July 21, 2020
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“This crosses the line because it’s someone’s house and property,” neighbor Alexandra Wright, 15, told KCBS Radio.
“It’s not exactly okay. It’s not okay on any level.”
Wright’s mother questioned the protesters’ tactics, saying: “I get that people are upset.
"I’m upset, too. What’s your goal?”
Justin Berton, a Schaaf spokesperson, said of the vandalism: “An attack at the home of a publicly elected official does not advance democracy.
"Around 2 a.m. vandals shot projectiles at the Mayor’s home, set off fireworks, and graffitied her home with paint.
“This attack, designed to intimidate the Mayor and strike fear into her family, will not stop her from advocating for the policies she believes are in the best long-term interests of her beloved hometown.
"Like all Oaklanders, she supports passionate protest but does not support tactics meant to harm and terrorize others.”
The defacement of Schaaf’s home comes as the Oakland City Council will meet to decide on whether to further slash the police department’s budget.
Speaking Monday to ABC7 News’ Midday Live, Schaaf called for more funds for “non-law enforcement methods of safety,” while emphasizing that many residents depend on the police for their safety.
“We have to recognize that in Oakland, more than 100,000 people every year call 911 wanting the police to respond, we know that Oakland police have saved lives, have prevented harm, have brought justice and resolution to victims of crime and we have to honor that sense of safety also,” she said.