Video of man dumping water on homeless woman in San Francisco sparks police investigation

The San Francisco Police Department is investigating a viral video showing a man from a rooftop dumping a bucket of water on a homeless woman and her belongings on the sidewalk below.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying any parties involved so we can move forward with the investigation,” says SFPD spokesperson Joseph Tomlinson.

The incident that occurred at 20th and Bryant streets on June 22 has been called an act of cruelty by many.

Witnesses told both the Guardian and NBC Bay Area the man intentionally doused the woman with water to force her to move from the location.

“This wasn’t an accident or coincidence. This was premeditated,” Brett Leader, who works in the building where the video was taken, told the Guardian. “It just seemed so aggressive and immoral … It’s just not something you should do to anyone, regardless of whether they are homeless.”

Neighbors told NBC this isn’t the first time this has happened.

The Coalition on Homelessness shared the video on Facebook and called the act a hate crime. The SF-based nonprofit, which provides services to people without housing, said, “We are working on supporting the unhoused woman that this happened to and seeing how she would like it addressed.”

Twitter user Jim Cruz-Youll is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the identity of the aggressor.

Amy Graff is an SFGATE news producer. Email her at

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