A Tacoma police patrol car was vandalized early today parked outside the officer’s North End home, the department reported.
The car’s windows were smashed out and three of the tires slashed. The vandals spraypainted the rear panel and trunk area with the words, “Oscar Grant was here,” Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
The officer interrupted the vandals, who ran off. A police dog searched the area but didn’t find the suspects, Fulghum said.
The vandals were described as men wearing hooded sweatshirts. The patrol car was towed to Tacoma police headquarters for processing, Fulghum said.
The graffiti was a reference to the fatal shooting of Grant in California early on Jan. 1, 2009. He was not armed. The officer was found not guilty of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter Thursday. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The verdict led to protests and scores of arrests overnight in Oakland.