‘Fair trial’? Three women charged with leaving pig’s head, blood at the home of a Chauvin defense witness

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SANTA ROSA, CA – Police have arrested three Santa Rosa women they say left a pig’s head at the former home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the defense in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.

Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all of Santa Rosa, were arrested Tuesday on felony vandalism and conspiracy charges. They were cited and released, Santa Rosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Jeneane Kucker said Wednesday.

Police allege the trio is responsible for the April 17 vandalism incident, in which the former home of former Santa Rosa police officer and use-of-force expert Barry Brodd was smeared with pig’s blood. A severed head of a pig was left on the porch.

Brodd testified during the trial that he believed Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was consistent with police policy.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder in the case. Sentencing is pending and the conviction has been appealed by the defense.

Police said in a press release that it appeared the women targeted Brodd for his testimony in the Chauvin trial.

The statement released by police said:

“Officers arrived to find the front of the victim’s house smeared with what appeared to be animal blood and a decapitated pig’s head near the front porch.

The vandalism to the victim’s house exceeded $400 making the crime committed by the suspects a felony vandalism.  The victim’s house was the previous residence of Mr.Barry Brodd. 

“Mr. Brodd recently testified for the defense in Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin’s trial. It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony.

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.”

Dalbey, Aumoithe, and Lucas stand accused of smearing the pig’s blood on the home and leaving the severed pig’s head on the porch. The group then moved to the Santa Rosa Mall and smeared more pig’s blood on a large statue and left a photo of a pig that said, “Oink Oink.”

Kucker said investigators believe others were involved in the incident, and their investigation is ongoing:

“There are still additional leads and information that detectives are following up on.”

Police asked anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department.

Chauvin was arrested for the May 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The death triggered months of protests and rioting, and sparked a national resurgence of Black Lives Matter. 

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter on April 20. The jury deliberated for only ten hours over two days before reaching the verdict.

Since the verdict was read, several problems with the trial have been highlighted by the defense, including a juror who hid his participation in a Black Lives Matter event, volatile comments made by Democratic politicians during the trial, and a juror admitting she felt fearful if she did not return a guilty verdict.

Chauvin faces sentencing on June 16.

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Unhinged: Vandals leave pig’s head, smear blood on former home of Derek Chauvin defense witness

April 19, 2021

 

SANTA ROSA, CA – Vandals left a pig’s head at the former home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the defense in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.

Pig blood was also smeared on the home in  Santa Rosa, just north of San Francisco.

The home once belonged to Barry Brood, a retired Santa Rosa police officer who now consults on use-of-force tactics. Brood testified during Chauvin’s trial last week.

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, vandals dressed in black smeared pig blood on Brodd’s former residence on Saturday at about 3 a.m. The vandals woke the residents, who called police as the vandals fled.

A statement released by police stated:

“Officers arrived to find the front of the victim’s house smeared with what appeared to be animal blood and a decapitated pig’s head near the front porch.

The vandalism to the victim’s house exceeded $400 making the crime committed by the suspects a felony vandalism.  The victim’s house was the previous residence of Mr.Barry Brodd. 

“Mr. Brodd recently testified for the defense in Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin’s trial. It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony.

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.”

About 45 minutes after the residence was vandalized, a large statue of a hand in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall was also smeared with pig’s blood.  

The suspects also left a sign in front of the statue which had a picture of a pig and read “Oink Oink.”

The suspects were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house.

The Santa Rosa Police Department was concerned over potential reactions to Brodd’s testimony during the trial and tried to distance itself from him.

On April 13, following Brodd’s testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement:

“We are aware of former Santa Rosa Police Officer, Barry Brodd, providing testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial. Mr. Brodd has not been employed by the department since 2004. His comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department.”

Brodd testified last week in Chauvin’s trial, saying the former Minneapolis police officer was “justified” in his use of force against George Floyd, who died in police custody last May.

Brood was the first witness to say Chauvin followed proper police procedure when he placed his knee on Floyd’s neck:

“I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing and objectively reasonable.”

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Closing arguments at the trial began this morning.

Police have not announced any arrests in the Santa Rosa criminal mischief incidents and said the suspects face felony vandalism charges because the damage to the house exceeded $400. 

 

 

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