Fort Hernandez barricade torn down by city
The Bureau of Street Services and police tore down the barricade surrounding the Hernandez residence in Van Nuys today.
The barrier was part of an Occupy protest against the foreclosure of the home, also known as Fort Hernandez, which has been ongoing for over two months.
LAPD officers assisted in the action by setting up a perimeter by blocking the streets and baring access, said Occupiers in a statement posted on the Fort Hernandez Facebook page. Street Services used a front-end loader to tear the barricade down and remove debris.
According to the Contra Costa Times, the city considered the barricade “a danger to the community.”
Earlier this month, the homeowners received a citation from the city regarding the barricade, as well as couches that were placed in front of it. According to the Fort Hernandez Facebook page, the city’s action took place before the Hernandez’s court date over the citations.
“Tearing down the barricade before the court ruled on when or if it had to be taken down is an obvious lack of accountability to the judicial process they are suppose to be a part of. It is also a violation of our first amendment rights,” said the group on its Facebook page.
The Hernandez family had been attempting to work out a loan modification with their mortgage provider, Bank of America. The bank said the family failed to provide the proper documentation.
One supporter of the Fort Hernandez protest was arrested, but the group states it was over a past warrant.
Some occupiers plan to attend the Board of Police Commissioners meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. to speak out against the destruction of the barricade.
[For previous coverage on Fort Hernandez, click here.]