GoFundMe for hot dog vendor raises over $60k

Vendor's police citation fuels online funding campaign

VIDEO: Officer takes cash from California street vendor's wallet, calls it 'law and order in action'

Police said the money had been retrieved from the officer and will be used as evidence.

The incident occurred at Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, adjacent to Memorial Stadium at 5:32 p.m. just after a game between Cal and Weber State.

The UC Berkeley cop in California was filmed talking with the man before pocketing the money in footage which has since gone viral.

"While I can not comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation", he said. The video, taken after Saturday's Cal football game, also shows the officer doing through the street vendor's wallet and taking out his cash.

Flores has also created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Juan. Flores asks in the video, which can be seen below.

University of California at Berkeley police officer Sean Aranas was caught on camera citing the hotdog vendor for selling food without a permit, at which point the officer reputedly confiscated his profits. Flores is heard repeatedly saying, "That's not right", and asks the officer why he's taking the vendor's "hard-earned money". We spoke off-camera with officer Aranas, who urged people to consider the full context of his interaction and emphasized the cash was taken only as evidence in support of the citation.

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"This is law and order in action", the officer adds. "This action has been motivated at least in part by issues of public health, the interests of local small businesses, and even human trafficking", Biddy said, Los Angeles Times reported.

"While I can not comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation", Biddy said. "The officer was tasked with enforcing violations related to vending without a permit on campus".

They're now planning public event to present the funds collected online.

"We are aware of the incident", UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told KTVU. UC police detained three other people for vending without a license the same day, but each was released with a warning, UC officials said.

Flores has launched a GoFundMe effort for Juan to cover his legal expenses and personal losses. That fund has almost $55,000 raised.

Since the video began circulating, a petition to have the officer fired was made and has already garnered over 29,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.

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