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Oakland mayor who supports Black Lives Matter movement has house vandalized with BLM graffiti

Spokesman for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says overnight attack was 'designed to intimidate the Mayor and strike fear into her family.'

Updated: July 22, 2020 - 2:29pm

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The home of Oakland, Calif. pro-Black Lives Matter Mayor Libby Schaaf was vandalized overnight with scrawled messages associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, further evidence of the political unrest roiling the country. 

Schaaf has been open about her support for the movement focused on defunding police to combat alleged institutional racism. Last month, for instance, she gave open approval to a Black Lives Matter art display on public property. 

Yet her house on Tuesday was nevertheless the target of vandals who overnight spray-painted slogans and demands associated with the movement on the mayor's garage door and sidewalk.

Among those were calls to "Defund OPD [Oakland Police Department]," "cancel rent," and give "homes for all." 

One graffito appeared to level the accusation that Schaaf's house sits on "stolen land." 

A representative with the Oakland Police Department confirmed that law enforcement is looking into the matter. 

"The Oakland Police Department is investigating this incident," spokeswoman Johnna Watson wrote via email. "We can confirm there is an open investigation, investigators will be looking for video surveillance, witnesses and any other additional investigative information. At this time no arrests have been made."

Schaaf spokesman Justin Berton told media on Tuesday that the attack was "designed to intimidate the Mayor and strike fear into her family," but that it "will not stop her from advocating for the policies she believes are in the best long-term interest of her beloved hometown."

"Like all Oaklanders," Berton added, "she supports passionate protest but does not support tactics meant to harm and terrorize others."