Neighbors, supports rally around retired cop evicted from home

Neighbors, supports rally around retired cop evicted from home

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A former Chicago police officer was forced from her home Wednesday. It was a day Patricia Hill will remember for many reasons -- not only was she evicted from her home of 18 years, but it's also her birthday.

Home video shows an activist heckling deputies as the boards went up at former Chicago police officer Patricia Hill's home on her 62nd birthday.

It's her second eviction is less than two years. The Cook County Sheriff's Office says Hill refused to leave the first time back in March 2012.

"I will tell you this, the root of this is not based on my inability to pay," Hill says.

Hill's story is a familiar one nationwide. She says her housing crisis started about three years ago when her mortgage abruptly increased.

"The mortgage company that I had supposedly went out of business. I never was notified I got a new mortgage company," Hill explains. "I just received a notice saying my mortgage was going to increase $500 per month more and so I refused to do that and I kept sending in the regular mortgage."

Hill was eventually considered delinquent and hasn't paid since.

On Wednesday afternoon, she stood outside the Bronzeville brownstone she's called home for nearly two decades surrounded by supporters from the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and Occupy Our Homes Chicago.

The website Zillow shows the four bedroom, four and a half bathroom property was listed for sale last May. The listing was removed a month later.

"I just feel like the bank should be working with her to keep it," Hill's neighbor, Kisha May says. "It's too many people out here that are going through a change of income, you know different changes in their life and you don't just kick anyone out on the street."

Once the Executive Director of the African American Police League, Hill is now blasting law enforcement, the banks and the judicial system that enforced her eviction.

"You are forced to go outside the law," she says. "They don't honor the law and there's documentation they don't honor the law so why should we honor the law."

Cook County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ben Breit says they did not know today was Hill's birthday. Breit goes on to say the sheriff's office stopped doing evictions for a while after Sheriff Tom Dart lost confidence in some of the banks and whether they were doing evictions in good faith. In Hill's case, the sheriff's office says everything squared up, everything was legal and they had to carry it out.

The trustee on Hill's mortgage is BNY Mellon. They emailed a statement saying in part they are not responsible for the foreclosure proceedings.

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