Calif. Jogger Filmed Messing With Homeless Man's Items

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"What has this town come to?!"

- A jogger seen on video throwing a homeless man's belongings into the trash and into Oakland's Lake Merritt has been arrested - for a completely different incident.

As bystanders plead for the jogger to stop, he claims he's "picking up trash" and that the items ended up in the lake by "accident".

In the footage, the man who's gained the nickname "Jogger Joe" starts throwing the homeless man's personal items into the lake.

"I don't want to pollute the lake", Sintay says. "It was spilling everywhere".

"What are you doing with his stuff man?" one person says as the jogger proceeds to kick and throw Drew's stuff around, making a mess. This is ridiculous that these are the kind of people who are living in Oakland now.

In the video, a shirtless man is seen rifling through a homeless man's possessions and throwing them away as onlookers remonstrate with him.

In an update, Harris said police arrived after Henry took off to "finish his workout".

At least one person agreed with the man's actions and said that people should not have to walk or jog around piles of items like that, calling the collection "trash". Only possibility is he "may" get a fine for littering. This is a homeless man's stuff - a guy who is always peaceful, never causing trouble, always giving you a smile.

"You just threw it [an item belonging to the homeless person] in the lake", another bystander says. Harris' video shows various people confront the man and ask why he is tossing stuff into the lake. "I was sad about the whole situation and angry", Harris told Raw Story following the incident, explaining that the homeless person was well known by locals and had been living in that spot for a while. "I was thinking of the Childish Gambino song is in my blood now, thinking This is America".

"Like the thousands of other people in the Bay Area without homes, Drew is one of our neighbors". We can use our phones for good.

One of the clips landed on a local group page and sparked outrage over the weekend - with many comparing the ordeal to last month's "BBQ Becky" incident, which happened at the exact same lake.

Oakland City Councilmembers Lynette Gibson McElhany and Abel Guillen said citizens should call 311 or go to 311.org [the website is now under construction] to report debris and hazardous materials.

He said he has been checking in on the homeless man "every day". Kenzie Smith, who created the campaign, has said the donated money will go to getting Drew new clothes, bedding, shoes, food and possibly a new tent.

"It's getting insane over here with gentrification", he said.

City Councilmember McElhaney said it's illegal for any individual to steal, vandalize, or trash someone's belongings.

McElhaney went on to write that no one should attempt to remove a homeless person from public spaces.

"I find there to be a real cruelty in how people are being dealt with here", Farha said in a January interview with the East Bay Express.

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