SWAT Team executes eviction; 7 arrested in Rochester, NY eviction defense

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Mar 28, 2011, 2:35:10 PM3/28/11
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The city of Rochester brought shock and awe into a residential community as they sent 25 police cars, including the Rochester SWAT team, to evict the Lennon-Griffin family- including a grandmother and 7 children- from a single family home.

Take Back the Land- Rochester engaged in an eviction defense and suffered six (6) arrests. Charges are not yet known. Spokesperson Ryan Acuff was not arrested. In addition, an elderly neighbor, who lives across the street from the home at 9 Ravenwood, was arrested- in her pajamas- for complaining loudly about the police overkill in her neighborhood.

According to a local news report, one neighbor said of the police scene, "This is not America."

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Take Back the Land- Rochester has been on a two week eviction defense watch at Cathy Lennon's home on 9 Ravenwood Ave. in Rochester. Police drove by the home daily, but never stopped to attempt the eviction. This morning, shortly after 9am, the SWAT team stormed the home and forcibly removed those on defense watch. The neighborhood was shocked by the police overkill.

The eviction defense is part of a broader movement to elevate housing to the level of a human right and secure community control over land. Take Back the Land- Rochester is an independent organization affiliated with the Take Back the Land- Movement, a trans-local network of organizations dedicated to realizing housing as a human right and community control over land.

Take Back the Land- Rochester continues to maintain control over two (2) foreclosed homes into which homeless families were moved in over the past several months.

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