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Video of San Francisco man hosing Black homeless woman sparks outrage

Posted by Walter Gido on

Video of San Francisco man hosing Black homeless woman sparks outrage

San Francisco baker Edson Garcia was on a delivery run Monday morning when, stopped at a traffic light, co-workers in his car pointed to a commotion on the other side of the street. He turned and saw a man using a garden hose.

“My first look at the person was he was [spraying] the street,” Garcia said. “When I paid attention closely, it was a lady. She was screaming, ‘No, no, no.’”

The man in Garcia’s video idntified as Collier Gwin, the owner of Foster Gwin Gallery, an art gallery on the Montgomery Street block near San Francisco’s Financial District that is shown in the video.

Gwin appears in Garcia’s video leaning against a railing as he sprays a woman for several seconds with water from a hose. The woman, sitting against a tree on the opposite side of the sidewalk, cries out and raises her hands. Gwin asks her, “Are you going to move?”

Garcia filmed part of the confrontation, which shows a man spraying a homeless woman and her belongings with a hose as she cries for him to stop. It quickly went viral on TikTok and Twitter, drawing condemnation from advocates and criticism of the man.

The woman has not been identified. Garcia, a baker at a cafe a block from where the incident took place, said he recognized her as an unhoused person who had been in the neighborhood for about two years.

“She’s very calm,” Garcia said. “She always has a broom in her hand. She cleans where she sleeps.

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