Video shows jogger trashing homeless camp

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

"It's not appropriate to take someone's belongings, it's not appropriate to trash our lovely Lake Merritt", Schaaf said.

"Hey man, that sh*t ain't cool", one of the bystanders is heard saying in the video.

Nelson said he suffered a mild concussion, some cuts and bruises and strained muscles. A struggle followed. Later, a man with the Facebook user name of Matt Nelson posted that Sintay and another man had assaulted him and that he was "dragged by their vehicle".

Henry Sintay, 30, was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing a man's phone in a subsequent encounter at Lake Merritt on Saturday, Oakland police told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm picking up trash, what do you want me to do?". Although he was charged with second-degree robbery but not with taking Markson's belongings, Superior Court Judge Mark McCannon said both incidents factored into his decision to not release Sintay out of jail without bail. At one point, the man who was live-streaming appeared to shout: "I'm being attacked here!"

Another said that people shouldn't have to go through "trash" while they jog or walk. "He can pick it up". Others pointed out that scattering the homeless man's belongings around and throwing them into the water was doing more harm by trashing the lake and the surrounding area.

"I recognize everyone is so frustrated with a lot of our urban challenges and homelessness is number one, but please, show compassion", she said. As Nelson recorded him, he climbed out and said he was "trying to do the right (expletive) thing" by cleaning up the lake. Nelson and others begin to ask Sintay questions.


The homeless man - Greg Markson - was not there when the incident took place. Sintay stepped forward, offering his hand as if expecting Nelson to shake it, then snatched his cell phone.

"Are you out of your mind?"

Harris encouraged people to share his video with others and said, "This is ridiculous that these are the kind of people who are living in Oakland now". "This whole incident is a pretty succinct manifestation of so many of Oakland's current issues - racism, gentrification, white privilege, male privilege, hatred towards poor and homeless people, lack of resources due to funds not being allocated properly, lack of consequences for unjustifiably bullying homeless people and sheer apathy towards their predicaments", she added.

Monday night, Markson sat at the columns surrounded by bags of belongings. People in the area who saw the video began bringing Markson food and clothing. "I give him a nod and he smiles back", Harris said. He said he doesn't want Sintay prosecuted.

A woman named Cari Geldreich says she offered to bring Markson's blankets to a laundromat for him, the paper reports. She describes Markson as very humble.

"Sometimes I take him a bag of apples", the woman, Cari Geldreich, said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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