Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby has been a loud supporter of Black Lives Matter, and the related protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department—but she has since changed her tune after her home was vandalized by protesters.
Selby referred to the vandalism as an act of “domestic terrorism” following a siege of her house.
Selby, who was among the first Democratic leaders to take a knee for the protest movement, says she had difficulty processing the violence after rioters struck her neighborhood on Friday.
The Olympian reports that two groups converged in downtown Olympia on Friday night, smashing windows and causing widespread property destruction before making their way to the mayor’s residence.
According to the publication, one group consisted of 50 black-clad protesters following an advertisement on social media, while the other was made up of 30 protesters in neon-yellow shirts with the word “peacekeeper” written on the front and back of their shirts. The second group carried paintball guns.
The black-clothed rioters marched to City Hall, causing widespread chaos, while the neon-yellow group tried to clean up after them.
Eventually, the black bloc reached South Capitol, where the mayor’s house was located, and spray-painted the front of her house with the letters “BLM” before being driven off by the other protesters, one of whom stationed himself in front of the mayor’s home with a “metal paddle-like object.”
Shelby, who was out with her family that night, said that neighbors texted her about the vandalism.
“I’m really trying to process this,” she said in an interview with the newspaper. “It’s like domestic terrorism. It’s unfair. It hurts when you’re giving so much to your community.”
“People have so little grace for each other right now. We need to have more grace,” Selby added.
The Black Bloc rioters eventually left her neighborhood before causing more damage downtown, amid arguments with the yellow-clad “peacekeepers” who tried to deescalate the violence.