A screenshot from a security video provided by Philip Lao shows San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneie tossing a bag of dog waste onto Lao’s property.
A screenshot from a security video provided by Philip Lao shows San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneie tossing a bag of dog waste onto Lao’s property.
AP Photo/Courtesy Philip Lao, File

A California mayor may have thrown away more than just a bag of dog poop when he was caught on camera outside of a political critic’s home earlier this month.

San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier resigned from office Tuesday after footage revealed he tossed the waste onto the lawn of a political critic, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Kneier told the council he would resign effective immediately, calling the incident—which some residents dubbed “poopgate”—a “lapse in judgment” that brought embarrassment to the city.

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He will remain on the city council until the end of his term in 2015.

“I can understand why this matter has some questioning my ability to lead the council,” he wrote in a statement quoted by The Los Angeles Times.

“I want to assure you that something like this will not happen again. At the same time, these events continue to be embarrassing to me, and to the city. Because of this, I have decided to step down as mayor.”

The homeowner, Philip Lao, reportedly said the former mayor has not been “happy” with him since the resident began speaking out against a proposed dog park near his property, though Kneier insists the act was not premeditated.

The mayor received a citation for littering, which can carry a fine of up to $1,000.