Oakland mayor’s home vandalized with graffiti calling for defunding police

A pack of vandals allegedly sprayed-painted graffiti about defunding the police across the garage door, sidewalk and stone wall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s home early Tuesday morning.

Witnesses said as many as 40 people wearing facemasks and all-black clothing shot off fireworks and other projectiles as they vandalized Schaaf’s home around 2 a.m., the local ABC affiliate reported.

Some of the graffiti messages read, “Defund OPD,” “homes 4 all,” and “blood on your hands,” according to the station.

Justin Berton, the mayor’s spokesman, confirmed the witness’ accounts to the East Bay Times.

“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,” Berton said in a statement.

A user on the community news website indybay.org claimed responsibility for the vandalism in a post Tuesday titled, “Wake up Libby.”

The author of the post took the byline “some yay area comrades” and wrote, “Last night we sent a wake up call to Libby and a call for action to the whole Bay Area.”

The writer listed four demands around defunding the police and anti-homelessness policies.

The vandalism came a day after President Trump threatened to send federal troops into Oakland and other cities to stifle protesters.

“Oakland is a mess,” Trump said at the time. “We are not going to let this happen in our country.”

Schaaf called Trump’s threat a campaign stunt and a “racist dog whistle.”

“I don’t need law enforcement in Oakland,” she said. “I need testing. I need personal protective equipment.”

With Post wires

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