Numerous organizations in solidarity with the Occupy movement protested outside the Woodstock Road home of Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan for about two and a half hours Thursday night, chanting and holding signs.
The protest of about 100 or more people was non-violent, but one woman was arrested for trespassing onto Sloan’s lawn, San Marino Police Captain Tim Harrigan told Patch at the scene.
Police departments from San Marino, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel were called in for backup when three San Marino officers were greeted at the scene by more than 100 protesters shortly after 6 p.m. Harrigan said the San Marino Police Department had no prior knowledge of the protest.
“It’s about balancing people’s right to protest and the law,” said Harrigan.
The group assembled to protest Wells Fargo’s refusal of a loan modification for a woman with cerebral palsy, Peggy Mears, the Refund California organizer for Alliance California for Community Empowerment (ACCE), told Patch.
“The bank refuses to work with her,” said Mears. “They’ve evicted her from her home twice, she refuses to leave, so she wanted to come to Tim Sloan’s house today to give Tim Sloan a check since the bank won’t to take the check and ask him to let her stay in her home. It’s only fair.”
The woman, Ana Casas, was arrested for trespassing when she went up to Sloan's front door and demanded to see him, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
"Casas ... said she wasn't leaving until Sloan accepted the check or police arrested her, said the Star-News. "San Marino police declared an unlawful assembly about 7:45 p.m., nearly two hours after the protest started, and took her away by ambulance half an hour later."
Many in the group were part of the , in which protesters chanted, “Make banks pay” and spoke out about the financial crisis.
As part of a , protesters are required to assemble at least 150 feet from the front door of a home or 75 feet from the property line, whichever is further. Police gave protesters 15 minutes to move 75 feet from the Sloan home in this case, so protesters complied and gathered in the street, according to Harrigan.
Mears said the protesters did not see Sloan during their protest, and Harrigan was unaware if Sloan or any of his family was home at the time, but the protesters don’t plan to go silently.
“We will continue to swamp his emails, his telephone, we’re going to go to different branches of Wells Fargo, any meetings they have we’re going to disrupt them,” said Mears.
Check back on Patch for video from the scene of the protest.
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