A University of California Berkeley police officer was filmed ticketing a hot dog vendor, Juan, for allegedly not having permit, and taking all of the money out of Juan’s wallet on Sept. 9 outside a college football game.
Martin Flores, who filmed the incident, recalled what happened on a GoFundme page that he set up for Juan:
The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley.
Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome. On Saturday, September 9, 2017 I took my children to enjoy a Cal Beekeley football game. We had a great time. After the game I promised them that I would support the hotdog vendors by buying food from them.
I captured this video as we were interrupted by UC Berkeley Police officer. Thank you for your compassion to support this effort.
On the video Flores states:
That’s not right…that’s not right…You’re going to take his hard-earned money? People could drink on campus on football games and no ticket, but a hard-working man selling hot dogs, earning a living, gets his money taken away and a ticket?
The cop responds:
We’ll take it to the judge and the judge can decide whether or not it’s right. He doesn’t have a permit. Yep. This is law and order in action.
According to Law Newz, the officer has been identified as Sean Aranas.
UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogoluf released a statement:
We are aware of the incident. The officer was tasked with enforcing violations related to vending without a permit on campus. UCPD is looking into the matter.