Oakland Mayor’s home vandalized just before she votes ‘no’ on defunding the police

The home of Oakland, Calif. Mayor Libby Schaaf was vandalized in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just before the Democrat cast the deciding vote against defunding the police department.

Around 2 a.m., a group of people shot projectiles at the mayor’s home, set off fireworks and graffitied her house in red paint, according to ABC7 News. 

The messages spray-painted on Schaaf’s home call for her to “DEFUND OPD! CANCEL RENT! HOMES FOR ALL!” Other messages include “TAKE RESPONSIBILITY” and “WAKE UP LIBBY.”

Witnesses say 30 to 40 people dressed in black and wearing masks  descended upon the home, according to ABC7 News. 

“An attack at the home of a publicly elected official does not advance democracy,” Justin Berton, Schaaf’s spokesperson, said in a statement. “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.”

On Tuesday night Schaaf cast the deciding vote not to slash millions from the city’s police department. Schaaf said the council already redirected “an unprecedented $14.3 million from OPD.”

However, Schaaf suggested last month that police officers should be replaced by public employees who can respond to traumatic scenes and other situations she described as unrelated to law enforcement.

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