Black Lives Matter protesters blocked courthouse doors across the country to prevent landlords from filing thousands of evictions.
Some governors imposed moratoriums preventing landlords from evicting their tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters blocked courthouse doors, preventing landlords from filing evictions in cities where the eviction moratoriums expired.
More than 15,000 renters are facing evictions in New Jersey, despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order preventing people from being kicked out if they don’t pay rent.
The moratorium doesn’t prevent the filing of evictions, but it stops the courts from enforcing evictions until November. New Jersey residents can stay in their homes until then, even if they don’t pay their rent.
BLM activists fear a “tsunami of evictions” after the November elections.
New Jersey could see as many as 304,000 evictions filed over the next four months, an estimate 600% increase since last year.
Tensions between landlords and renters have escalated since moratoriums were placed on evictions in some states.
Hartford police arrested Jerry Thompson, 42, for the murder of his landlord, Victor King, on Sunday. King had called police on Saturday to report his roommate was waving a sword around and behaving erratically.
Thompson was gone by the time police arrived. King gave officers Thompson’s cellphone number, but it isn’t clear if police got in contact with Thompson before the murder.