Rome police evict, plan to demolish alleged mobsters' homes

ROME (AP) — Rome city officials have sent in 600 police officers to evict a purported crime family from eight villas that were allegedly built without authorization decades ago.

Mayor Virginia Raggi called the evictions and planned demolition of the Casamonica family villas an "historic" day showing Rome was bringing legality back to the area.

Raggi was at the scene Tuesday after police stormed the homes, some of which featured life-sized porcelain statues of leopards and gilded horses.

She accused the Casamonicas of replacing public authorities in the area and of "terrorizing" honest Romans.

The Casamonica clan made headlines in 2015 when it staged an elaborate, Hollywood-style funeral for its boss, complete with a horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather" playing outside the church.

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A police officer stands at the entrance of a seized house on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Police seize a car on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A police officer stands at the entrance of a seized house on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A police officer stands at the entrance of a house on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A view of one of the seized houses on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Residents of a seized villa embrace on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident of a seized villa goes to get some of her belongings on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident of a seized villa carries away his belongings, on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident of a seized villa goes to get some of her belongings on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident talks with police officers at the entrance of a seized villa on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A police officer takes away a resident from the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident talks with police officers at the entrance of a seized villa on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Workers carry cardboard boxes where objects and eventual evidence from seized villas will be placed, on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A resident talks with police officers at the entrance of a seized villa on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A police officer takes pictures of some objects found on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Police officers stand on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A police car is parked on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi is surrounded by police as she arrives on the scene of a major operation against a prominent criminal family called Casamonica, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Six hundreds local police officers were involved in the seizure of 8 villas belonging to crime bosses. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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