Houstonians come to support former Navy man
Houston police ticketed a homeless man who was simply looking for something to eat, and many Houstonians aren’t happy about it.
James Kelly is a former Navy vet who has fallen on hard times. He's homeless and was looking for food in a Hermann Park dumpster when he was ticketed by police. If he can't pay the fine, which could be as much as 500 dollars, he will go to jail. You aren't happy about it, and you let Matt Patrick know how you felt on The 9-5-0.
“If you can find out what the amount of the fine is on that vet, give it to me and I will pay it. This is ridiculous,” said ‘James.’
Another caller said the city was taking advantage of the situation.
‘Jason’ said, “The way they see it is if the man is in jail, then they get money for it. They’re looking at it is they get money for him being incarcerated.”
For his part, Kelly says he's happy so many people are on his side.
“All too often you feel that no one gives a damn whether you live or die,” Kelly told our television partner Local 2. “Hearing the support that’s coming around, it does my heart good.”
Kelly still can’t believe he actually got a ticket.
“Anybody that desires to see someone else go hungry has no heart,” Kelly said.
Kelly is scheduled to be in court next month and hopes the charges are dismissed.
For video of this story, click here for KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2.