- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police were investigating after vandals targeted the home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, spray-painting messages about defunding the police on the garage door, stone wall and sidewalk, authorities said.

Witnesses say 30 to 40 people dressed in black and wearing masks shot projectiles, set off fireworks and vandalized the property around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The messages in red and white paint read “Defund OPD,” “homes 4 all,” and “blood on your hands,” KGO-TV reported

Schaaf’s spokesman Justin Berton confirmed to the East Bay Times that vandals shot projectiles at the home, lit fireworks and painted graffiti on her property.

“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.

An item posted Tuesday on the San Francisco Independent Media Center’s website, indybay.org, carried the headline, “Wake up Libby” and claimed responsibility for the vandalism. The writer of the post took the name “some yay area comrades.”



The attack happened a day after President Donald Trump, who has long feuded with Democratic-run cities, threatened Monday to send federal troops to Oakland and several other cities.

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

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

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