Three California women including Amber Lucas (pictured) were arrested on Wednesday and charged with vandalizing the former home of a defense witness in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin
Three California women were arrested on Wednesday and charged with vandalizing the former home of a defense witness in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.
Amber Lucas, 35, Rowan Dalbey, 20, and Kristen Aumoithe, 34, are all charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of felony vandalism after they allegedly smeared pig’s blood and left a severed pig’s head outside the former Santa Rosa home of Barry Brodd, who served as a defense witness in the trial.
The women appear to have believed Brodd was still the owner when they allegedly vandalized the property.
Lucas is a self professed Black Lives Matter activist who attended protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing by cop Derek Chauvin.
According to her social media presence, Lucas she is also a lifestyle and wine influencer, and a commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women in Sonoma County.
Police reported that she along with Dalbey and Aumoithe, struck the property at around 3am on April 17, days after Brodd, as a use-of-force expert, took the stand defending the actions of the former Minnesota police officer, who would ultimately be convicted in Floyd’s murder.
Clad entirely in black, the trio allegedly smeared pig’s blood on the front door and garage of the residence, and tossed the pig’s head on the front porch before fleeing.
Rowan Dalbey (left) and Kristen Amouithe (right) were charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of felony vandalism
Police said the trio struck around 3 a.m. on April 17, smearing pig’s blood on the front door and garage of Brodd’s former residence in Santa Rosa, California
‘Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted,’ police said
Soon afterwards, police said the group splattered animal blood on a statue of a hand in a nearby shopping mall, leaving a sign with a picture of a pig and the words ‘Oink Oink.’
Police estimated the cost to clean up the results of the vandalism was in the ‘thousands of dollars.’
Detectives said they believe there were additional suspects involved in the alleged vandalism, and are asking for more information that could lead to their arrest.
Brodd, however, had not resided in the home for some time.
‘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,’ police said in a statement.
Brodd, who had a long career in law enforcement including with the Santa Rosa Police department, is now a consultant who serves as an expert witness on police procedures and tactics.
Brodd (above) testified on April 13 that police were justified in keeping Floyd pinned because he kept struggling instead of ‘resting comfortably’
The other target in the vandalism spree was a large statue of a hand, carved from marble, that rests outside Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall
Floyd died in Minneapolis last May after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes while he was handcuffed. Chauvin is charged with manslaughter and murder, and the case is expected to go to the jury this week.
On April 13, Brodd testified police were justified in keeping Floyd pinned because he kept struggling instead of ‘resting comfortably.’
That sparked a lectern-pounding response from prosecutor Steve Schleicher: ‘Did you say ‘resting comfortably’?’ he asked incredulously.
‘Or laying comfortably,’ replied Brodd, whose testimony contradicted that of authorities from inside and outside the Minneapolis Police Department who said Chauvin violated his training.
‘Resting comfortably on the pavement?’ Schleicher asked again. Brodd responded: ‘Yes.’
Following Brodd’s testimony in Chauvin’s defense, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement disavowing Brodd’s view on the case.
‘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,’ Chief Rainer said.
Cops said that the damage to Brodd’s former home exceeded $400, making the crime a felony.
Lucas appeared to attend protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.
Lucas is a wine and lifestyle influencer according to her social media presence
Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd on April 23.
The other target in the vandalism spree was a large statue of a hand, carved from marble, that rests outside Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall.
The perpetrators who targeted the hand were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house.
The statue, titled ‘Agraria’ by artist Larry Kirkland, does not appear to have any political significance that would make it a target.
Kirkland has said he intended the sculpture as a tribute to immigrant agricultural workers in Santa Rosa, the county seat of fertile Sonoma County.
The sculpture is a well-known landmark for tourists visiting Sonoma’s wine country, and visitors often pose with the giant hand for photos.