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Pig’s Head Left at Former Home of Defense Witness who said Derek Chauvin’s Restraint of George Floyd was ‘justified’

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Associated Press) – Vandals left a pig’s head at the one-time California home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd, police said.

Blood was also smeared on the house in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, that once belonged to Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who was on the stand in the Minneapolis murder trial last week, according to a police statement Saturday.

“It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the Santa Rosa Police Department said. “Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California.”

Brodd, a former Santa Rosa police officer, testified at the murder trial that he believes Officer Derek Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was in keeping with proper police practice.

Brodd told jurors Chauvin was “justified” in his use of force – the first witness to claim the restraint on Floyd was acceptable.

“I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing, and objectively reasonable,” Brodd said.

Officers responding around 3 a.m. Saturday found a severed pig’s head on the front porch and blood on the residence, police said.

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