Deputies Evict Residents, Protesters at ‘Fort Hernandez’
VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) — They call it “Fort Hernandez,” and for months, Occupy protesters have been camped out in hopes of preventing a family from losing their home to foreclosure.
But Thursday morning, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies moved in, enforcing an eviction on the property in the 14600 block of Leadwell Street.
The house had been in foreclosure, but the family has been joined by dozens of Occupy protesters who set up an encampment.
Heavy equipment was brought in two months ago to tear down a wooden wall built by the demonstrators.
“They were living in tents and they had been there for about 120 days. The family hadn’t paid a mortgage for about four years,” said Steve Whitmore, of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
On Thursday, dozens of sheriff’s deputies and LAPD officers supported work crews in clearing the property, while they were taunted by the “occupiers.”
The home is now surrounded by a chain link fence and is the property of Bank of America.
The occupiers and the Hernandez family have been told that, if they try to go back on the property, they will be arrested by sheriff’s deputies.