Police in Berkeley are facing backlash after video surfaced of an officer ticketing a hot dog vendor.
Using his cellphone, Martin Flores caught the moment that University of California Police Officer Sean Aranas openly took cash out of the man's wallet, citing that he was operating without a permit. He did so because he felt the vendor - identified only as Juan - was being unfairly targeted by police, according to Bay Area television station KTVU. "You're gonna take his hard earned money?"
The vendor pleads with the officer in Spanish who replies "this is how it works".
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"The sadness to observe UC Berkeley Police give a hotdog vendor a ticket and his hard-earned money taken away", Flores wrote in a Facebook post, in which he shared the footage of the incident. In this case, the vendor's money was seized as evidence, the station reported. Since Flores posted the viral video online, many have questioned whether the officers overstepped his bounds by grabbing the money from the wallet, without knowing whether all of it stemmed from sales.
Flores contests the officer's choice of enforcement targets, again remarking upon the near-ubiquitous presence of unlawfully-consumed alcoholic beverages on the campus on game days.
Although Flores' video shows the officer's name, UC Berkeley police were not available to confirm the officer's identity and years of service, and a UC Berkeley police records supervisor was not reachable Sunday for data about vendor citations on campus. "He doesn't have a permit", the officer responds.
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UC Berkeley Police told KTVU the incident is under investigation. "UCPD is looking into the matter". "... We believe that our officers should focus on protecting our students and our community".
Meanwhile, a petition calling for the officer's removal has been launched on the Care2 website.
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