Lt. Josh Mecimore, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police, did not return requests for comment.
Jesse Gardens , a member of the student anarchist group UNControllables, said his group wasn’t affiliated with the damaged cars, but he supports the demonstration.
Gardens said after Chapel Hill police, armed with assault rifles, arrested eight people who were occupying the Yates Motor Company building on Franklin Street, it’s good for police to know residents are watching .
“People here have a good reason to want to disable the weapons and equipment police here have,” Gardens said. “The smashing of the police cruisers sends the message that people are watching.”
The blog said the group performed the vandalism in solidarity with Georgia resident Luke O’Donovan , who was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault on Jan. 1, 2013. O’Donovan’s trial drew national attention because he said he was arrested while defending himself during a homophobic attack .
O’Donovan accepted a plea deal earlier this month. He was sentenced to two years in a Georgia prison and eight years probation, which he’ll have to serve outside of Georgia.
“We hope (the vandalism) brings a smile to his face,” the blog read.
The group also said the act was done in support of the protesters who have been rioting and looting local stores in Ferguson, Mo., after police shot and killed an unarmed teen there earlier this month .
“May their insurrection spread,” the blog reads. “Both as small groups and entire neighborhoods, it is possible to fight back.”
No one has been arrested in connection with the vandalism at the police department, police data shows.