King County Sheriff’s deputies physically evicted Byron Barton, a disabled Vietnam veteran, his wife Jean and their teen boys from their home in Seattle, Wash., today.
However, when authorities loaded Barton into a waiting ambulance, demonstrators from Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction started lying underneath and in front of the ambulance, notes KIRO (video below).
Seattle police arrived to remove protesters away from the ambulance, but allowed Barton to stay.
King County Sheriff’s deputies had planned to take Barton, against his will, to a local VA hospital.
During the protest, the locks were changed on Barton's home, but protesters later found a back entrance and were able to get Barton and his family back in their house.
"What are they going to do, arrest me?" said Barton as his wife hooked him up to his IV.
The Bartons lost their home to foreclosure, but a King County Sheriff’s deputy refused to evict the veteran, who has suffered a stroke and a heart attack, last month.
“When he saw Byron’s condition, he said he would not do it because morally it was wrong,” Jean told King 5.
JP Morgan Chase put the Bartons' home up for auction, which was bought by Triangle Property Management.
The Bartons’ lawyer claimed in a lawsuit that legal steps were not followed by JP Morgan Chase, which refuses to comment on the lawsuit or situation, reports Seattle Weekly.
The Bartons lost their interior design jobs during the Wall Street collapse, and then their adjustable rate mortgage payment to JP Morgan Chase shot up.
There are almost 12,000 homes in Seattle that are behind on mortgage payments and are underwater (the houses are worth less than their mortgages).
The City of Seattle refuses to use its eminent domain powers to save people's homes, but is trying to come up with other options.