Inhumane 3am Eviction In Dekalb County, GAOccupyOurHomes on May 04, 2012
The scene early on the morning of May 2nd at 3662 Wellhaun Road in Decatur, Georgia resembled that of a major drug bust with officers sneaking around in the middle of the night. Instead of a bust however, 50 officers stormed the property of 62 year old Christine Frazer’s house at 3 AM to serve her with an eviction notice.
Chris’ house was foreclosed on fraudulently by Investors One Corporation in October 2011, and she has been fighting it in court ever since (see the video above). In January, activists with Occupy Atlanta set up camp on her lawn and committed to stay to defend Chris’ home from eviction.
Using what sheriff Thomas Brown himself referred to as “intelligence,” Dekalb County law enforcement waited until activists were not present at the home, and the neighbors would be asleep, to serve an unprecedented eviction after hours, putting 4 generations including her 85 year old mother, and 3 year old grandson out on the curb. They refused to allow Chris to shower or for her mother to get dressed; they told Chris to behave as if it were a fire drill. They even rounded up her dogs and took them to the pound.
The police blockaded the neighborhood and wouldn’t allow anyone to help secure the family’s valuable personal belongings from the side of the road.
Once again, it is clear that the government and our law enforcement officials are being used to serve and protect the interest of the 1% and not of ordinary people or even the laws that they have put in place. Occupy Atlanta is more committed than ever to the fight for Chris Frazer’s home, and the thousands of other homeowners just like her who are being disrespected every day.
Later that day Chris Frazer did a radio interview with WOAK’s Derek Boazman and Sheriff Brown ended up calling in to give his side of the story and answer questions from listeners…it didn’t go well.
The mistruths Sheriff Brown told (Chris was never offered a ride anywhere, and the case most certainly is in federal court) were still not enough to gain support for his inhumane treatment of the Frazer family.
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