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3 Women Charged With Pig’s Blood Attack Targeting Derek Chauvin’s Defense Witness

Santa Rosa, CA – Police have arrested three Santa Rosa women for vandalizing with pig’s blood the former home of an expert defense witness for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Vandals targeted former Santa Rosa Police Officer Barry Brodd’s former home after he testified that Chauvin had been “justified” in how he restrained George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

But Brodd doesn’t even live in California anymore, so the vandals actually terrorized an innocent person with no connection to the Chauvin trial by throwing pig’s blood all over the front of the house and leaving a pig’s head on the front porch.

The terrified homeowner called 911 to at 3:17 a.m. on April 17 to report a group of people dressed in black in their yard had woken them up, KPIX reported.

Police said that after they’d finished terrorizing the homeowners and vandalizing their property, the mob proceeded downtown to Santa Rosa Plaza to smear pig’s blood all over a statue and leave a picture of a pig with a sign that said “Oink Oink.”

The cost to clean up the messes made at the home and downtown are estimated to be in the thousands of dollars, KPIX reported.

Police served a search warrant at 9:30 a.m. on May 11 in the 3900-block of Match Point Avenue.

Detectives arrested 20-year-old Rowan Dalbey and 34-year-old Kristen Aumoithe at that address, KPIX reported.

Police arrested 35-year-old Amber Lucas at 1 p.m. the same day in the 200-block of 8th Street and also served a search warrant at that address.

Lucas is a wine enthusiast, a lifestyle blogger who frequently posts rants about social justice matters, and an Instagram influencer with a fairly high profile.

Detectives recovered additional evidence at both of the addresses that were searched, KPIX reported.

The investigation is ongoing because authorities believe there were many more suspects involved in the vandalism attacks.

“Three individuals, various ages, Santa Rosa residents were taken into custody in the last 24 hours on this case,” Santa Rose Police Lieutenant Jeneane Kucker confirmed to KPIX on Wednesday. “We believe there are additional suspects that were involved and are asking for our community’s help in identifying them.”

All three women are facing felony vandalism and conspiracy charges, KPIX reported.

Police said all three have also been charged with the vandalism to the statue of a hand in Santa Rose Plaza.

Lt. Kucker said police are still following up on additional leads but that they believe the vandals thought they were targeting Brodd a day after he testified in defense of Chauvin, KPIX reported.

“Completely misdirected, it was in connection with what we believe was Barry Brodd’s testimony. He used to be a resident in Santa Rosa and used to live at that particular residence,” she said.

Santa Rosa police said that Brodd hasn’t worked for them since 2004 and doesn’t live in the state anymore, KPIX reported.

The insane amount of publicity surrounding the trial – including coverage of the pig’s blood attack just before jury deliberations began – has become one of the key elements in a motion filed by Chauvin’s attorney to set aside the trial verdict and give his client a new trial.

The jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter on April 20 after less than 12 hours of deliberations.

On May 12, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill found that prosecutors had proven that enhanced sentencing for Chauvin was appropriate due to the aggravated nature of his crimes.

Chauvin is facing up to 40 years in prison although normal sentencing guidelines for Minnesota would have incarcerated him for 12.5 years.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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