A crowd of protestors vandalized the Vacaville Police Department and other parts of City Hall around 5:30 Sunday night, breaking multiple windows and spray-painting profane and threatening remarks about the police. Police monitored the demonstration. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.
It began as a peaceful demonstration of about 40 -50 people at Andrews Park. As demonstrators marched along Merchant Street, witnesses saw some demonstrators spray-painting graffiti on signs and on the downtown bridge. There were similar spray-painted messages on several other buildings in the downtown area.
Once they arrived at City Hall, some demonstrators continued spray-painting and began breaking multiple windows, as well as a police department door. Protestors did not enter City Hall nor the Police Department during the incident. When they left City Hall, demonstrators broke out the windows of two cars with people inside. Later at Andrews Park, police found an abandoned cart with two machetes in it. A vehicle associated with the protestors, and with helmets found inside, was impounded. No arrests were made.
“Vacaville respects peaceful protests but what happened Sunday night was unacceptable,” said Vacaville Police Chief John Carli, “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.”
The incident is being investigated, If anyone has any additional information, please call the Vacaville Police Department.
Information provided by Vacaville Police