Police station, cars damaged by protesters, officials say

National News

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KOVR/CBS Newspath) – Vacaville City Hall and the nearby Vacaville Police Department was targeted by vandals after a protest over the weekend.

Vacaville police say, around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a crowd of about 40 to 50 demonstrators started to march from Andrews Park.

The demonstration at the park was peaceful, police say, but as the march started witnesses reported seeing some people spray-painting graffiti and signs on the bridge near downtown.

Once the group got to city hall, some people continued to spray paint buildings. One message in spray paint said “Death to Amerikkka” while another said “Kill KKKops.”

Several windows were also smashed, including a police department door.

Police say the windows of two cars – both with people inside – were also smashed as demonstrators left the area.

The graffiti consisted of mostly anti-government and anti-police messages.

In a statement, Vacaville’s Chief of Police John Carli decried the vandalism.

“Vacaville respects peaceful protests but what happened Sunday night was unacceptable,” Carli wrote. “This does not reflect who we are as a community. As we prepare to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. tomorrow, we ask that the community reflect on his ideals and keep any demonstrations peaceful.”

Crews were out at the buildings cleaning up the damage through Sunday night. High-pressure water hoses were used to remove graffiti from some of the areas.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police say a vehicle associated with the demonstrators – which was found to have helmets inside – was impounded.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Click here for full list of trending stories