Video shows that suspects who vandalized auto shop with ‘discriminatory’ graffiti aren’t who you might think

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SPRING LAKE, NC – The black business owner of an auto body shop targeted by racist graffiti and vandalism was shocked while reviewing surveillance video to discover the vandals were also black.

Dwayne Haynesworth’s Auto Body and Repair Shop in Spring Lake has been targeted for the past three weeks by vandals. Suspects have been breaking windows out of cars and painting disturbing messages on cars at the auto shop.

Haynesworth said he had no idea why his shop was being targeted:

“I mean, I’m not bothering anybody. I’m just out here trying to do business. I don’t really know anybody out here.”

The vandals spray-painted his cars with swastikas and an image of a head with two eyes and a white, Ku Klux Klan hood. One car has the message “Please Leave” painted on it.

Haynesworth said the vandalism started after one of his vehicles was stolen from the lot he rents.

Local media reported on the “racist” crimes with headlines like WRAL’s:

“Black man’s auto body shop vandalized with swastikas.”

The spring of vandalism prompted Haynesworth to install security cameras and less than a day later, the vandals returned to do more damage.

 The video captured two males, who appear to be black, trying to steal a car from the garage. They also damaged other vehicles, including paint scratches and broken windows.

Still, images taken from the video have been posted on the Spring Lake Police Department Facebook page in hopes that someone will identify the two men, who appear to be in their late teens or early twenties.

The post read:

“On May 24, 2021, at approximately 8:30 P.M. in the 1300 block of Lillington HWY in Spring Lake, two male persons of interest were involved in breaking and entering motor vehicles, vandalism, and racist graffiti. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the two male persons of interest involved is asked to contact the Spring Lake Police Department at 910-436-7167 or Fayetteville / Cumberland County CrimeStoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).”

Comments posted as replies to the police department post pointed to the obvious attempt by the black suspects to place the blame for the vandalism and theft on white suspects. One reply blamed local media for taking the racism bait:

“Maybe WRAL should wait till the evidence is out before fomenting racial divide among Carolinians?”

 

Another reply said the evidence was clear:

“The evidence shows that black guys were vandalizing vehicles, trying to steal them, and writing racist things on the cars. What evidence are you talking about that they need to wait for?

“The racial divide you speak of comes from these thugs (yes I said thugs) trying to make it look like white people are targeting his business! Why don’t you ask yourself what reason would they have to do that?”

Another poster mentioned the fact that there was a clue at the scene that could have tipped the police to the fact that the “racism” angle was misdirection. A swastika painted on a vehicle hood had one leg painted backward. The poster said:

“And maybe if they’re going to try to create more racial division in a community again, they need to be sure they’re drawing the racist symbols correctly.

“One clue that might have tipped off the police to the incident being not a legitimate instance of white supremacy was that the swastika had one of the arms painted backward.”

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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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