Occupy leaves home, family evicted, leaders say

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While Occupy Atlanta protesters pulled out of a home Thursday morning in southeast Gwinnett and conceded it to authorities, they vowed to maintain a presence in Gwinnett to spotlight foreclosure woes.

Occupy leaders said the Snellville family they'd rallied around this week was evicted, sans protester arrests, following a judge's order Monday. The family of five, which includes a DeKalb County policeman and college-age daughter, are staying with relatives indefinitely, said Occupy organizer Tim Franzen.

The group had previously vowed to not budge when deputies arrived. Franzen said protesters left on their own volition and were never urged to do so by the family.

The group pulled up stakes in fear the police officer, Chris Rorey, would be arrested. Franzen said Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway had threatened to press accessory to obstruction and trespassing charges against family members should the protesters interfere with the eviction.

"For a police officer, an arrest could mean firing," Franzen said. "Instead of working with his constituents, (Conway) absolutely sided with the bank on this."

Conway issued a statement Thursday but declined further comment.

"I am not going to address accusations made by Occupy Atlanta," Conway's statement reads. "Evictions are never pleasant for anyone, but I have a job to do and I'm doing my job."

Earlier this week, Franzen was critical of the Sheriff for ignoring his requests for a tete-a-tete meeting, he said.

In response to an earlier Daily Post inquiry, Conway said Thursday he never had intentions of meeting or negotiating with Occupy Atlanta because he wanted to remain neutral and do his job.

"I am not going to get dragged in the middle of this situation with this group and these particular homeowners," Conway said.

Franzen said his group's efforts will turn to canvassing Snellville, in an effort to build support for saving the Rorey's home. Protestors plan to picket mortgage controller Fannie Mae's regional offices on Monday, he said.

Rorey's attorney said the family had never missed a payment since buying the home in 2003. They intentionally defaulted on a mortgage payment in July 2010 in order to qualify for a loan modification, which they thought would help with rising expenses and their daughter's tuition, supporters have said.

Instead, after three months, a foreclosure notification was issued, sparking a yearlong court battle. Frustrated, the family reached out to Occupy Atlanta leaders and struck a chord last week.

The family tried but failed to convince a Gwinnett judge to stop the eviction in a Friday hearing attended by Occupy Atlanta protestors.

Despite the eviction, Franzen said an Occupy "general assembly" was planned for a fourth straight night Thursday in front of the Rorey's home.


SuxBeanU 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow. Butch Conway is just darn lucky that the Occupy Whatever crowd didn't threaten to stomp their feet and hold their breath until they were blue in the face. Now that the foreclosure issue is resolved, maybe the Occupy Whatever crowd has time to run around and play in the traffic on I85 to protest the HOT lanes. I wonder if they will sell tickets for that event?


debbiestorm 3 years, 6 months ago

are you kidding me SuxBeanU? What do you really think Occupy Gwinnett is about? Are you not concerned about your rights as well as other citizens? The foreclosure issue is not RESOLVED>...the family maybe evicted, but the legal work is not over by a long shot for this homeowner and many others. do your research, this is widespread, bringing down the value of homes across GA and many other states. Don't JUDGE too quickly. You don't know what happened, how it came to this. The Judge and Sheriff of Gwinnett County in my opinion .....made an improper call on this one.


Karl 3 years, 6 months ago

debbiestorm, I haven't read so much lunacy crammed into that one reply of yours in ages. Thanks for the laughs.


nicholson 3 years, 6 months ago

I am concerned about my rights as a taxpayer - not to be taken advantage of by people like the Roreys, who had the ability to pay their mortgage but willingly chose not to. The villian is not the mortgage company, the sheriff or the judge - the Roreys made their choice and now they have to live with the consequences.


Sthrnldy 3 years, 6 months ago

debbiestorm - Bless your heart, it is you that needs to do some research. Even IF the Rorey's can prove fraud, they cannot have their home back. They INTENTIONALLY stopped making payments and they lost the house, it no longer belongs to them.


NewsReader 3 years, 6 months ago

I love the idea. What better way to get two groups, both of which I detest, to get into a fight with one another. SRTA and OCUPPY...LOL, all I have to do is sit back and watch the fallout and enjoy the show.


Sthrnldy 3 years, 6 months ago

"Franzen said his group's efforts will turn to canvassing Snellville, in an effort to build support for saving the Rorey's home. Protestors plan to picket mortgage controller Fannie Mae's regional offices on Monday, he said."

These Occupy people are absolute idiots! They cannot save the Rorey's home because it is not their home anymore!

Why in the World have they just decided to protest Fannie Man? Occupy should be aimed at protesting the federal government and its agencies. Its those agencies involvement (Fannie, Freddie) that got our country into this situation to begin with!

No wonder Occupy will never succeed - they are running around completely unfocused and clueless. The vast majority of people in this country enjoying this pre-holiday comedy routine that is Occupy!


JW 3 years, 6 months ago

Might want to pitch those tents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That's the root of the problem.......


Kat 3 years, 6 months ago

The police officer never should have contacted Occupy Atlanta. Not paying your mortgage for a year or more when you had the ability to pay. I guess that money is in an escrow account. If they had a temporary financial situation they would have been eligible for a forebearance, not a loan modification. Trying to portray yourself in the media as victims, shame on you. Franzen making disparaging comments about Conway. The Sheriff's office handles evictions, that is their job. BTW, how does Franzen support himself??? I don't take any of those Occupy people seriously. They are an additional burden on the taxpayers.


debbiestorm 3 years, 5 months ago

so many opinions and not enough care. The truth will come out soon. There is continued litigation for this family as well as many others. Aren't yall proud of being the 4th largest foreclosure county in the U.S.? Good going Gwinnett! Banks get bailed out and they were supposed to work with people, they didn't. They lied instead. The Sheriff should find out why we are on the top tier of foreclosures. it aint coincidence.


debbiestorm 3 years, 4 months ago

I am so sorry to be affiliated with such a judgemental county who thinks that all "officials' are absolutely correct 100% of the time....just wait .should you be faced with something serious sometime in your life, you will see, everyone will do what u do...read and believe whatever they read regardless of what really happened...isn't Gwinnett Great? NOT . Gwinnett has turned into little peyton place looking for a place to JUDGE everyone.


Sthrnldy 3 years, 4 months ago

The vast majority of people don't want to be in the spotlight, and their lives are rather boring anyway. They OWN their homes, go to work, pay their bills and keep themselves out of trouble. The silent majority takes ownership of their lives and don't cast out a wide net of blame when things don't go their way. If these people do face an inevitable problem, they are not the type that would dare to ask for help from the Occupy crowd. They take care of their family, friends and community privately and don't want to be part of the freak show.

People will stop judging you when you are yesterday's news. Until then, enjoy the fame that YOU asked for. Just because you are enamoured with yourself and like to pat yourself on the back doesn't mean the rest of Gwinnett has to!


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