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Occupy Atlanta dumps items on sheriff's lawn in protest of eviction

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Members of Occupy Atlanta protested a family's eviction by tossing personal items onto the lawn of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

Christine Frazer, her 85-year-old mother and 3-year-old grandson were evicted from their Decatur home last week in the middle of the night.

"DeKalb County sheriff showed up at my home at 3 a.m. in the morning. They used a locksmith to drill off the locks, kicked in my door came in my house," said Christine.

Sheriff Thomas Brown they followed through with the eviction after giving the family ample time to negotiate with the banks. Brown said they chose to do it in the middle of the night to avoid a confrontation with Occupy Atlanta members who had been camped out on the lawn.

Protesting that eviction, Occupy members threw the Frazer's belongings on the doorstep of the sheriff's office. The sheriff didn't interrupt.

"If I'm the guy that's the scapegoat, then fine. Don't tear up my building, don't tear up my cars. Don't hurt my deputies, don't interfere with free movement of the public and you're not going to have a problem with me," said Brown.

But after the protesters left the sheriff's office, deputies surrounded the vehicle of one of the Occupy members, impounded the car, arrested one man and issued one citation on the scene.

"Four cop cars were behind me with their sirens on," said Leila Abadir, who received a citation for littering.

The sheriff's office says the van was impounded because it could be used as evidence in the littering charge.

The man who was arrested was cited for littering and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the sheriff's office because he did not have identification on him.

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