A UC Berkeley police officer taking the cash out of a hot dog vendor's wallet has caused outrage in the community. The officer responded by telling Flores the vendor doesn't have a permit, saying this was "law and order in action" and thanking him for his support.
Many social media users opined that the ticket may have been fair, but taking the vendor's money as "evidence" went too far.
A UC Berkeley alumni captured a freakish encounter between police and a hot dog vendor outside a football game this weekend that has since garnered over 11 million views.
The footage has since been shared more than 1 million times, with a UC Berkeley Police official tellingKTLA 5 officers are permitted to confiscate money as evidence if there is an arrest or citation made. ABC7 News has learned the officer shown on the video, Sean Aranas, was acting on orders from a supervisor to issue a citation.
Flores alleged that while Aranas was citing the vendor for not having a permit, officers were ignoring cases of people drinking alcohol in public.
In a statement, Biddy said: "We have instructed our officers to monitor illegal vending outside our event venues".
The officer did not confiscate any other items from the vendor, according to the university.
Video of the incident on Saturday outside of a football game led to an online fundraising campaign for the vendor that had raised more than $36,000 as of Monday.
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UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.
As indicated by Flores, there were other individuals offering things outside the amusement and in addition participants straightforwardly savoring liquor open who were being overlooked by law implementation.
Flores launched the GoFundMe campaign on Sunday, which claims to be on behalf of the hot dog vendor, since identified as Beto Matias.
"... to look at both the procedural and management issues related to the incident."
U.C. Berkeley Police are said to be investigating the incident, Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy told The Washington Post.
A petition to have the officer fired had received more than 20,000 signatures as of Monday evening.
In a cellphone video, two campus police officers are seen shutting down an alleged unlicensed vending operation outside the university football stadium.