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A Street Vendor At A UC Berkeley Football Game Had His Money Taken When Police Issued Him A Ticket

09/11/17 Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

 

Gran polémica causa video que muestra a oficiales multando a un vendedor ambulante y quitándole el dinero en UC Berkeley. Autoridades comentan que el hombre no tenía permiso de vender ahí, y el dinero era parte de la evidencia. (Cortesía Martín Flores)

Posted by Noticias Univision 21 Fresno on Sunday, September 10, 2017

 “That’s not right.”

A video of a hot dog vendor being ticketed and having his money confiscated outside of a University of California, Berkeley football game has sparked outrage. The video was shot by Berkeley alumnus Martin Flores, who was buying bacon wrapped hot dogs for his kids after the game when bicycle police showed up, according to LA Times. The police officer issued a ticket to the vendor before taking his cash. Flores told LA Times that he understands that the vendor needed a permit to sell his hot dogs, but when one of the officers took the vendor’s wallet, he felt something was wrong, so he started recording.

The video starts with the police officer taking money out of the vendor’s wallet and folding it into his hand as the vendor, identified as Juan, asks why his money is being taken away. Flores and the officer have a verbal exchange after the officer comments that “this is law and order in action.” Flores points out that people have been drinking in public on the campus during the game officers and questions why officers focused on writing a citation for one hot dog vendor. According to a Berkeley student interviewed by KTVU, there were about eight food vendors lined up along Piedmont Ave.

“If he’s really about law and order there’s really so many other things he could’ve stopped,” Flores told LA Times. “I totally recognize that people have to have permits. But this wasn’t about that. This was about identifying one vendor. If you want law and order, be law and order across the board.”

According to KTVU, UC Berkeley police said that they are cracking down on unauthorized street food vendors and that the money that was taken from Juan was entered as evidence.

In response to the situation, Flores created a GoFundMe page for Juan that had a goal of $10,000. By the time of this article, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $40,000. However, not all of the $40,000 is going to Juan. Instead, Flores states on the GoFundMe page that the original goal of $10,000 will be used to help Juan with his legal and personal losses stemming from the citation and seizure of his money. The rest will be used to help other street vendors who are given citations or have their money and/or equipment confiscated by police.

According to the GoFundMe page, Flores has been connected with Juan and will be giving him the money stated. “I just want to be clear that NO funds will go to me. However, we will ensure that Juan has his personal, legal and professional matters addressed,” wrote Flores.


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