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Rhymesayers Rapper Brother Ali Arrested For Trespassing in Occupy Protest

(AllHipHop News) Minnesota/Rhymesayers rapper Brother Ali was among 13 protesters arrested yesterday (June 21) at an Occupy Homes MN rally in Minneapolis

According to (WCCO) CBS Minnesota, Ali Douglas Newman aka Brother Ali was arrested at the Cruz family home on the 4000 block of Cedar Avenue in south Minneapolis.

Brother Ali was arrested on charges of trespassing and refusing to depart, afterwards posting $50 bail when he was processed at the Hennepin County Jail.

“Just got home from jail. 13 of us arrested showing solidarity with the Cruz family and Occupy Homes worldwide. The struggle continues.”

The protests for the Cruz family stem from a 2011 foreclosure, when the mortgage’s original holder PNC Bank didnt accept an online mortgage payment.

As punishment, the bank imposed a fine of 2 months payment and the family was forced to foreclose when they couldn’t pay.

The Cruz’ were supposed to be evicted on April 26, but when authorities carried out the order on May 23, they were met by a large group of protesters.

They again tried to evict the family on May 25, but protesters had tied themselves together to the home.

Police arrested five protesters at that time, but failed to take the home.

A spokesperson for the Occupy Homes MN movement said Freddie Mac currently has obtained the Cruz family’s mortgage and has requested an eviction.

Protesters continue to negotiation with PNC Bank to allow the Cruz’ to keep their family home.

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