published Friday, October 12th, 2012

Protesters set up camp at retired Georgia detective's home

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    Yhonna Flowers sits in the home she shares with her four children and her mother, retired Atlanta police Det. Jaqueline Barber, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fayetteville, Ga. Less than a year after Occupy Atlanta members clashed with police in riot gear in a downtown park, they're now protesting alongside officers to help Barber avoid losing her home to foreclosure. Barber said she is under threat of eviction after her medical bills mounted, partly because of a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cell cancer. If she's evicted along with her daughter and four grandchildren, she expects that she will be homeless.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Protesters are pitching tents and bracing for a showdown outside the home of a retired police detective under threat of eviction.

The development sets up a possible clash between her co-workers and other law enforcement officers who carry out evictions.

Occupy Our Homes ATL spokesman Tim Franzen says a Thursday court hearing involving retired Atlanta police Det. Jaqueline Barber's home in Fayetteville did not go her way. Franzen said a judge at the bankruptcy hearing effectively lifted a stay, meaning the eviction could happen any day.

Franzen said more than 30 people were camped out in the yard on Friday.

Several financial institutions are involved in the foreclosure. A U.S. Bank spokeswoman referred questions to GMAC ResCap, where a representative didn't immediately return a phone call for comment.

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