Hungry homeless person not convicted for ‘stealing’ food

This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

20 Orlando Police steal food from children, arrest 6 MORE for feeding the hungry

6/15/11 6 more activists arrested in Orlando for sharing food with the hungry. 2 young children are being served as close to 20 police officers swarm in and arrest the food servers. This brings the total number of arrests for this horrendous crime up to 21 people within a two week time period!

From ANSA news agency in Italy:

Stealing food out of hunger ‘not a crime’ rules Italy’s top court

Italy supreme court overturns four-euro theft conviction

Rome, May 2 2016 – Stealing food out of hunger is not a crime, Italy’s highest Cassation Court ruled Monday. In this way the judges overturned a 2015 conviction for theft against Roman Ostriakov, a homeless [immigrant] man who stole four euros’ worth of cheese and hot dogs at the supermarket. Stealing small quantities of food to fulfill “the essential need for nourishment does not constitute a crime”, the court wrote.

Ostriakov was stopped on his way out of the supermarket with the cheese and dogs in his pocket after a customer noticed he only paid for some breadsticks, reported him to management.

“The condition of the defendant and the circumstances in which the merchandise theft took place prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of the immediate and essential need for nourishment, acting therefore in a state of need,” wrote the court.

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