Investigation underway after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s home vandalized

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KRON4 has updated this story to clarify the the source of the claim of responsibility in the vandalism of Mayor Schaaf’s home.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Authorities are investigating after the home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was vandalized early Tuesday.

The attack happened around 2 a.m. when “Vandals shot projectiles at the Mayor’s home, set off fireworks, and graffitied her home with paint,” said Justin Berton, a spokesperson for Mayor Libby Schaaf.

In a statement, Berton said in part, “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.”

Various photos posted by KRON4’s Chuck Clifford, who is at the scene, show graffiti on the sidewalk, garage, and entrance to the home.

Phrases including “Defund OPD! Cancel rent! Homes for all! Drop the charges!” and “Blood on your hands” were apparently spray painted.

Oakland police are looking into surveillance video and are asking any witnesses to come forward with any information.

A user going by the name “some yay area comrades” posted a letter on the independent publishing site IndyBay claiming responsibility for the vandalism. KRON4 has reached out to Oakland police for comment on the claim.

In an interview Monday, Mayor Schaaf had called on President Donald Trump to send “COVID-relief – not troops” in response to President Donald Trump’s threat to send federal agents to major US cities including Oakland “to deal with unrest.”

Schaaf had said her city had not been disrupted by any recent protests.

“We are not experiencing any civil unrest right now. But the presence of Trump-ordered military troops to Oakland would likely incite it,” Schaaf added.

There was supposed to be a City Council meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the police departments budget but that meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday.

Schaaf is opposed to an amendment to the city budget to cut the police budget by millions.

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