San Francisco district attorney issues arrest warrant for gallery owner captured on video hosing homeless woman

By Rachel Swan
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said Wednesday she has issued an arrest warrant for Collier Gwin, the gallery owner who was captured on video spraying a homeless woman with a garden hose after he said she refused to move from a sidewalk he was cleaning.

Gwin will be charged with misdemeanor battery “for the alleged intentional and unlawful spraying of water on and around a woman experiencing homelessness” on January 9, Jenkins said in a statement released after she had reviewed evidence from the San Francisco Police Department.

“The alleged battery of an unhoused member of our community is completely unacceptable,” Jenkins continued. “Mr. Gwin will face appropriate consequences for his actions.”

She added that the subsequent vandalism of Foster Gwin Gallery, which had a door smashed and boarded up two days after the video went viral, was also “unacceptable and must stop.”

If convicted, Gwin faces up to six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Rachel Swan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @rachelswan

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