The mayor of Olympia, Washington, expressed support for the Black Lives Matter cause, but when her own home was vandalized, she called it similar to “domestic terrorism.”
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Mayor Cheryl Selby made the comments after her home was vandalized on Friday with Black Lives Matter graffiti though she already displayed support for the movement.
“I’m really trying to process this,” the mayor said Saturday to the Olympian. “It’s like domestic terrorism. It’s unfair.”
The vandalism was a part of a protest that turned to rioting in downtown Olympia. Businesses were vandalized with spray paint, flags were burned, and windows were smashed. Then they marched into Selby’s neighborhood.
Surveillance video shows one black-clad rioter, who appears to be white, spray-painting “BLM,” “racist,” and “abolish” on her home.
“It hurts when you’re giving so much to your community,” she said.
Selby and her family were not home, but her neighbors began texting her when the protesters arrived at her house.