Oakland, California, has experienced intermittent unrest these past few weeks, which was likely the reason why it was included in a list of jurisdictions where the president said he might be sending federal law enforcement.
“We’re going to have more federal law enforcement — that I can tell you,” President Donald Trump said Monday. “We’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these [cities] — Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.”
The liberal Democrat running Oakland — Mayor Libby Schaaf — called the threat “racist,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Like pretty much every mayor whose city was called out by Trump, Schaaf seemed, publicly, to indicate everything was under control and this was just an election-year ploy by the president to make it look like law and order had broken down.
She seemed fine with the protests.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning — on the day of a vote to defund Oakland’s police force — Schaaf’s home was the subject of vandalism and the target of projectiles which the mayor’s office said were meant to “terrorize” her family.
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The phrases “Defund OPD,” “Homes For All” and “Blood On Your Hands” were spray-painted on her property; according to KPIX-TV, the graffiti “appeared to be messages related to the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Witnesses told KGO-TV that roughly 30 to 40 people clad in black and wearing masks converged on Schaaf’s home at 2 a.m. Tuesday, firing projectiles and setting off fireworks. Graffiti was left on the garage door and stone wall of the house, as well as on the sidewalk.
“An attack at the home of a publicly elected official does not advance democracy. Around 2 a.m. vandals shot projectiles at the Mayor’s home, set off fireworks, and graffitied her home with paint,” Schaaf spokesman Justin Berton said in a statement to KNTV. “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. Like all Oaklanders, she supports passionate protest but does not support tactics meant to harm and terrorize others.”
“Last night we sent a wake up call to Libby and a call for action to the whole Bay Area. We left a note on her garage, and treated her to a nice fireworks display and the musical notes of pots and pans and assorted noisemakers,” the statement read.
“Our message to Libby and other elected officials is simple: You have the power to take the boot off our necks — so we have the duty to struggle against you until that boot is lifted. You can’t hide from your responsibility!” The Federalist Papers read more