A pig's head and animal blood were found in the house in Northern California.
The former Northern California home of an expert police use-of-force witness who testified last week for its defense in the Derek Chauvin murder trial had been targeted over the weekend by vandals, police said.
Police in Santa Rosa, California, said the vandalism occurred early Saturday morning at the former residence of Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department training officer, who transferred out of their house several years back and no longer lives in the nation.
"Since Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was targeted," Santa Rosa authorities said in a statement.
Authorities had been called to the home just after 3 a.m. from the new homeowners, who told officials that they were awakened by a bunch of people dressed in black, who threw a severed pig's head in their front porch and splattered blood to the front of the house, officials said.
"It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony," the police statement reads.
The vandals also left a sign in front of the statue which included an image of a pig and the words"Oink Oink," police said.
"The suspects had been seen fleeing the region and matched the descriptions of those suspects who vandalized the home," the police statement reads.
He explained that his review of the evidence in the high-profile case led him into the opinion that the kind of force Chauvin used on George Floyd was warranted and that the former Minneapolis police officer"was acting with objective reasonableness after Minneapolis Police Department policy and current norms of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd."
Brodd's opinion countered several Minneapolis Police Department use-of-force trainers and top department officials who testified that the sum of force Chauvin utilized on Floyd was excessive, unnecessary and never written anywhere in the bureau's policies and practices.
"That action is not de-escalation," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified through the trial, which directs into final arguments on Monday. "And when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and once we speak about our principles and the values that we have, that action goes contrary to what we are talking about."
Brodd testified that his profession as a police officer spanned 29 years, the majority of it with the Santa Rosa Police Department.
Following Brodd's look at the Chauvin trial, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement slamming the testimony.
"Mr. Brodd's remarks don't reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department," Navarro said in his statement, adding that Brodd has not worked for his agency since 2004.
Brodd couldn't be achieved Sunday for comment.