A viral video shows a San Francisco business owner spraying water with a hose at a homeless transgender man, police can file a complaint

A viral video shows a frustrated San Francisco business owner spraying water on a homeless transgender man with a hose, and police say they are investigating the incident for possible charges.

The video was filmed on his cell phone by Edson Garcia, owner of Brioche Bakery & Cafe. It shows another business owner angrily confronting the person lying on the sidewalk before hoseing the person down.

The man in the video has been identified as Collier Gwin, owner of an antique shop and gallery.

Gwin said KNTV-TV that he sympathized with the situation of the homeless, but claimed that there were mental health issues.

“The whole neighborhood is a part of this situation,” Gwin said. “The police are part of this situation. The city and social services are part of the situation. There have been repeated attempts to help this (person) who is psychotic.”

He went on to say that authorities would take the homeless man to shelter and a hospital before releasing him back onto the streets.

“There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it,” he said.

Many are on social media accuse the incident on “white supremacy” and “anti-blackness” though Other say it shows city officials’ failure to address and alleviate frustration among business owners and residents.

Outrage over the video has prompted a police investigation that may lead to charges against the business owner.

Gwin said in a separate interview with KGO TV that he has received death threats over the video but will not apologize.

“It’s hard for me to apologize when we didn’t have any help in the situation,” he said.

Gwin’s business was reportedly supported by celebrities including actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former baseball player Ichiro Suzuki.

Here is the homeless hosing down video:

Chief Scott assures that the San Francisco Police Department is investigating the hose incident outside the gallerywww.youtube.com

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Laura Coffey

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