President Barack Obama's Los Angeles campaign office was vandalized last night. Perpetrators smashed windows and fired BB-gun pellets just days before the president is planning to come to the area to help advance his re-election prospects.
In what investigators believe may be a politically-charged attack, three front-door windows and a side door were smashed in. According to the AP, Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that several campaign staffers were inside the office when they heard the sound of smashing glass.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the attack occurred at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday evening. While no suspects have been identified, police claim that they are pursuing leads. ABC News has more:
Here's another report from KTLA-TV:
Mediaite has more about a past slew of alleged anti-Obama campaign office vandalisms:
The attack on this campaign office is nothing new, unfortunately. During the 2008 presidential campaign, there was a rash of anti-Obama vandalism, but the Obama team made a conscious decision to downplay those incidents to avoid escalation. In 2010, a campaign of vandalism also attended the passage of President Obama’s health care reform law.
With this occurrence taking place as the campaign season is heating up, fears may, once again, be heating up about the potential fall-out from political rhetoric. That being said, there is no definitive proof at the moment that this event was launched for political reasons.