The Mercury News, “Homes of UC employees linked to Berkeley People’s Park development vandalized”

BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Homeless tents are seen in PeopleÕs Park from this drone view in Berkeley, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. UC Berkeley students are occupying the park in order to protest the universityÕs proposed project to build student housing there. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

At least seven homes targeted, UC says

Angela Ruggiero, March 10, 2021

The homes of seven UC officials and employees were vandalized in what university police believe were targeted attacks related to the People’s Park development.

At least seven homes across Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco were vandalized the night of March 4 into the next morning, including one where a brick was thrown into the window of a dwelling, according to UC Berkeley. Other vandalism included broken car windows, slashed tires and what police say were “highly threatening, hateful graffiti.” Words such as “A murderer lives here,” and “If you’ll try it, we’ll riot” were written on the homes.

UC said there were no reported injuries, but employees were “rattled” from the attacks in the middle of the night, some when the employees’ children were home. The damage has since been repaired and cleaned.

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