Monday, March 28, 2011

SWAT Team executes eviction in Rochester, NY

courtesy WHEC News 10 Rochester

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 Catherine Lennon, a grandmother, and 7 children- from a single family home.

Take Back the Land- Rochester members executed 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 Ave., was arrested- in her pajamas- for complaining loudly about the police overkill in her neighborhood.

Here is some media coverage:

The home is now owned and controlled by Fannie Mae, a quasi government agency created to spur homeownership. Fannie Mae received $90 billion in bailout money, more than any other financial institution.

Those arrested include: Jake Allen, Emily Good, Crescenzo Scipione, Ryan Gromkowski, Zora Gussow and Jake Spezio as well as an unidentified elderly neighbor. We do not yet know the charges.

Take Back the Land- Rochester is organizing a speak out tonight at the home followed by a candlelight vigil. The program begins at 6:00pm.