[WATCH] UC Berkeley Launches Investigation Into Cop Stealing Hot Dog Vendor’s Cash

The officer involved will continue working, the vice chancellor said.

The incident went viral when Los Angeles resident Martin Flores posted video of the citation in a Saturday evening Facebook post that elicited both condemnation of the officer and praise that he followed the letter of the law.

It was around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, as football fans were leaving, that the UC Berkeley police officer issued the citation to the vendor in the 2200 block of Piedmont Avenue, just north of Bancroft Way.

Flores said he had just left the game with his children and was in the process of buying a bacon-wrapped hot dog from the vendor when the officer interrupted his sale. He filmed the officer pulling cash from the vendor’s wallet and protested, asking why the officer did not cite all the people drinking on campus with open alcohol containers. In the video, which was initially posted to Flores’ Facebook page, the officer tells Flores that he received a specific complaint against the vendor.

Since the episode, Flores set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000. As of Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $38,000. On the fund raising site Flores said the money would go to the vendor and to support other street vendors.

Source: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/11/uc-berkeley-launches-investigation-into-viral-video-of-cop-confiscating-hot-dog-vendors-cash/

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