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California mayor caught on camera throwing dog poop on neighbor's property

Mayor Dennis Kneier allegedly threw the bag onto the property of a man who opposes his dog park proposal.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM   |   Comments

SAN MARINO, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- Politics really is a dirty business.

A California mayor was caught on camera tossing a bag of dog poop onto the walkway of a man who opposes the mayor's stance on a nearby dog park.

San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier can be seen tossing a sealed bag of dog feces onto the private walkway of his neighbor, Philip Lao, in surveillance footage.

In the video, Kneier's wife points at the walkway and then he tosses the bag. The Kneiers do not own a dog.

"I made a mistake of putting it in his walkway," Kneier told the Whittier Daily News. "Rather than leaving it, I should have walked on by or disposed of it properly." He has also formally apologized to Lao with a letter.

That might not be good enough.

"He thinks that he can just smooth things over. He thinks that he can have the police drop it," Lao told KTLA. "But I will pursue it. I'm in touch with a lawyer, and we're thinking of pursuing harassment."

Lao has protested against the nearby dog park in the past and also has "no poop zone" signs in his front lawn. According to Lao, Kneier does not care for his signs.

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