Occupy Homes can't defend Cruz family home from third eviction attempt

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Debris sits in the front home of the foreclosed Cruz family home following yesterday's eviction raid.
For Minneapolis police and Hennepin County deputies, the third time was the charm.

Following two unsuccessful attempts last week to evict Occupy Homes protestors from the foreclosed Cruz family home at 4044 Cedar Ave. S., police were finally able to secure the property following a raid that began around 3:45 p.m. yesterday.

Police blocked part of Cedar Ave., got protestors off the property, then closed off the area around the home with crime tape before boarding up the windows. Three protestors were arrested and released by early this morning.

Protestors said they were caught off guard by the MPD's raid, but one protestor, identified as "T.K.," managed to chain his arm inside a cement barrel in hopes of stopping the eviction. Officers used a jackhammer to break T.K. out of the barrel and arrest him, as they did when another protestor used the same tactic last week.
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Police cordoned off the area, including part of Cedar Ave., then boarded up the home.


Video footage depicts the raid as being largely the work of the MPD, but protestors reported seeing deputies from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office on the property as well.

The Uptake reports that a representative from Mayor RT Rybak's office was at the scene but refused to talk to media. Following the eviction, the city issued a written statement suggesting that the raid came after Freddie Mac asked the city to evict protestors who were unlawfully trespassing. Freddie Mac is the mortgage lender, and Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank services the loan. The Cruz family had reportedly been in negotiations with PNC in hopes of reaching an agreement where they could stay in their home. It's not clear whether yesterday's eviction means that those negotiations have now broken down.

Says the city's statement:
Minneapolis Police today secured a foreclosed home at 4044 Cedar Ave. S. by boarding it up. At the direction of Mayor Rybak, Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal reached out to Freddie Mac to say that the City is not in the foreclosure business. "The City plays a limited role to protect public safety. The property is the responsibility of its owner," said Segal. In this case, the City has fulfilled its legal obligation to secure the property.
Despite yesterday's setback, it appears the Cruz family's foreclosure drama isn't done yet. Early this morning, Occupy Homes offered up the following tweet (when the tweet says "tomorrow," it means today):
Previous coverage:
-- Occupy Homes successfully defends foreclosed Mpls home against 4 a.m. eviction raid [PHOTOS]

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CinBlueland
CinBlueland

Rybak you simpering idiot.. Really?? It's not the cities job to enforce lawful evictions? Do you want mortgage companies to hire private security to do the job so you can instruct MPD to arrest them for assaulting the protesters? They signed a contract and didn't keep up their end of the bargain. If they didn't understand the contract they shouldn't have taken out the mortgage in the first place.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Did these people pay their mortgage payments?No you say; well then why should we feel any symphony for their unfortunate situation.  If you want to make a difference, pay their mortgage for them.  Ya know, the one they sign a legal binding contract for.  Oh ya, I'm almost certain this home is owned by the federal government (fannie mae, freddy mac).   95% of ALL home loans are only serviced by the banks in which these morons think own the home. Should we take this a step further?Cable of satellite bill not paid?Have you friend that once worked as an installer turn it back on.  City water bill not paid and the city turned it off?Get a wrench and find the valve operator nut in the yardCounty or city property taxes?F*ck em, why should we pay taxes to an entity that transfers those payments to the sheriffs dept. that will ultimately be the ones to evict us from our homes for not paying our property taxes?

Margaret
Margaret

Persistence, thy name is OccupyHomesMN.  These folks have worn out the bank, the sheriff,  the mayor, and the people down at the county jail.  

PNC better just negotiate in good faith and quit trying these back-handed tactics of getting Freddie Mac to do their dirty work.  Freddie Mac has enough dirty laundry of its own to clean up. Listen to Andrew Newby here:  http://am950ktnf.podbean.com/t...

Read about Freddie Mac here:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21...

Meanwhile, other Occupiers went down to the office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and asked her to release the millions of dollars in TARP money that was set aside to help homeowners.  http://signon.org/sign/41-mill...

Don't say "can't" about these people.  Justice may be a long road, but they have the courage to walk it.

Margaret
Margaret

No, it is not the city's job to enforce evictions.  Evictions are carried out by the county sheriff, just as the county records the deed to the property and sorts out who owns what. 

After the Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies duly evicted them, (by kicking in the front door and doing far more damage to the property than the occupiers ever did), the occupiers returned to the property and proceeded to occupy it once more.  At this point, Freddie Mac allegedly called the City of Minneapolis and demanded that they remove trespassers from the premises.  The City did remove the trespassers, but they also demanded that the owner (the mortgage-holder, Freddie Mac) secure the property.  The City secures a property by boarding it up.  That is all they do.  They do not want to provide a 24-hour armed guard for this place. The police have other things to do and the city can't afford to pay out a ton of money for overtime.  After all, they need that money to build the Vikings a new stadium.

The legal situation behind this eviction is not straight-forward at all, and no one should assume that the homeowners at fault, that the eviction was just, that Freddie Mac is the "rightful" owner of the property, or anything else.  Hopefully, PNC and the homeowners will settle this amicably between them and the case will not have to go back to court

Margaret
Margaret

The Cruz's did pay their mortgage, and they paid it on time.  The bank made an error in not taking it out of an on-line account.  Then the bank wanted to charge the Cruz's a double payment for the mistake that the bank made.

The Cruz's cannot make a double payment, they don't have that kind of money.  And anyway, why should they pay for the bank's mistake?

PNC Bank is negotiating with the Cruz's now to rectify the situation.  The bank should negotiate in good faith and stop trying to rip off this family or steal their home.

Mel
Mel

They wouldn't have to provide 24 hour guards if you would stay the hell off the property Margaret!

Fancy D
Fancy D

I just read that PNC claims that the Cruz family hadn't made a mortgage payment in 2 years. I was curious as to whether or not occupy homes has verified the Cruz family's claims and what that verification process entailed. I've heard stories of people in the Twin Cities losing their jobs and then being subjected to mortgage restructuring which has led to some people losing their homes. I've heard enough of those stories to certainly believe it happens, but at the same time it would be unfortunate if occupy homes was trusting that the Cruz family was telling the truth if they hadn't made a mortgage payment in 2 years. Just curious as to what's true and what isn't.

Mel
Mel

If the bank didn't withdraw the money, then they should have had it available to make the payment so why didn't they make it immediately when they realized the mistake. I have a hard time believing that the penalty was an additional payment. I want to see supporting documentation of this claim. In the meantime, occupy is tresspassing and causing problems in MY neighborhood. Thanks so much occupy for loudly caring on last evening so that my toddler couldn't go to sleep. Please go back to Peavy Plaza and let hard working people live their life in peace.

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