DECATUR, Ga. - DeKalb County deputies closed in on a Decatur home for a predawn eviction Wednesday.
Around 3 a.m., deputies turned out in large numbers at the home on Wellhaun Road. Later, members of Occupy Atlanta showed up to rally against the eviction.
According to an Occupy Atlanta news release, the home was wrongly foreclosed on in October, and residents have been fighting it in federal court ever since. The legal fight is over who has the right to foreclose based on how many times the loan changed hands.
Christine Frazer, 62, lives in the home with her daughter, grandson and 83-year-old mother, but the home is owned by someone else. The family’s attorney is vowing a legal fight over the eviction.
“It was literally a nightmare on Wellhaun Street,” Frazer said.
Her lawyer, Joshua Davis, said the eviction shouldn’t have happened because of the pending litigation.
“They treated my client like she was some type of drug dealer, some type of criminal, came in as if they were executing a warrant to find drugs. It makes no sense,” Davis said.
Deputies said they moved in early because they knew Occupy Atlanta was watching the case and wanted to maintain order.
“So, we brought a few more deputies out than normal just to make sure that we could carry out the warrant and do so safely,” DeKalb County Sgt. Adrion Bell said.