Garbage Picking Ticket Sparks Outrage

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:49pm

Supporters rally around homeless man ticketed for picking food out of trash can.

The case of a homeless man ticketed by Houston, Texas police for digging through a garbage can has sparked outrage.

James Kelly, a Navy veteran, says he was searching for donuts when a Houston police officer issued a misdemeanor ticket. He was cited with "disturbing the contents of a garbage can in the downtown central business district."

"Anyone that desires to see someone else go hungry has no heart," said Kelly.

His attorney said many homeless people, like Kelly, often look through garbage cans to find something to eat or to collect aluminum cans to sell.

"The city of Houston has shown, over the many years, a hostile environment toward the homeless," said attorney Randall Kallinen, who plans to represent Kelly in court next month.

"All too often, you feel nobody cares whether you live or die, but the support coming around this thing does my heart good," said Kelly.

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