San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo arrived home Friday night to find his house scribbled in spray painted messages of protest and expletives.
The vandalism happened around 10:30pm when a group of demonstrators split off from a peaceful protest in downtown San Jose.
Residents gathered around City Hall to decry police brutality against Black Americans after a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back multiple times this week. Blake remained hospitalized while protesters across the country gathered Friday night in hundreds of demonstrations to express solidarity.
A second incidence of vandalism happened Friday night at City Hall, resulting in one arrest. The person was booked for felony vandalism, SJPD said.
“Detectives will be conducting follow up investigation to determine if the vandalism incidents are connected,” a statement by SJPD said.
Liccardo, in a tweet Saturday morning, criticized the group that showed up at his house. He described the group as approximately 100 “so-called ‘protesters’ who stood by silently—or even cheered—while flags were burned and ‘f*** you’ was scrawled on our home.”
Neighbors joined Liccardo and his wife, Jessica García-Kohl, to scrub the spray paint off their home late into the evening. No other damage was done to the house.
I’m tremendously heartened by the response of my neighbors who helped scrub graffiti from Jessica’s & my home late last night. Many of these same neighbors’ homes bear #BlackLivesMatter signs—representing the true spirit of the movement, & of our San José community. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/2fpPcBZjQR
— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) August 29, 2020
“I’m tremendously heartened by the response of dozens of my neighbors who dropped everything late last night to spend a couple of hours scrubbing graffiti from Jessica’s and my home,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter the next morning. “Many of these same neighbors’ homes bear ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs, and they represent the true spirit of the movement, and of our San Jose community.”
Police urge anyone with information about the vandalism to call detectives at 408.277.4161, or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 408.947.7867 to remain anonymous.