Hot dog crackdown turns $60 into $52000

Over $54K Raised for Vendor After Viral Video Shows Police Seizing His Money

Over $54K Raised for Vendor After Viral Video Shows Police Seizing His Money

The street vendor told Flores his name was Juan.

The video shows an officer, identified as Sean Aranas, flipping through the vendor's wallet, removing cash and cards.

Flores said that he was buying hot dogs from the vendor for his kids after Cal's game against Weber State when the officer interrupted them to cite the vendor.

And after the footage went viral, a petition was started by UC Berkeley student Vicky Zamarripa demanding to have the officer removed from duty, and has already garnered more than 13,000 signatures.

In a statement released Monday, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy said vendors typically are given warnings before a citation and explained what prompted the officer to intervene.

Martin Flores, a Los Angeles resident and Berkeley alum, filmed and uploaded three cellphone videos of the incident to his Facebook page Saturday evening, writing, "The sadness to observe UC Berkeley Police give a hotdog vendor a ticket and his hard earned money taken away".

Aranas then allegedly asked for Juan's ID.

An overwhelming number of donations started pouring in after people found out how Juan's hard-earned money was taken from him.

"The judge can decide whether or not it's right", the officer responds. As of Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised more than $38,000.

The video ends with the officer still in possession of the wallet. The student body president, Zaynab AbdulQadir-Morris, said she will support the officer's removal through legislation, according to the Daily Californian, the Berkeley student newspaper. The money or sales from seized assets often funnels back into police departments, where it is used as a routine source of funding.

In an interview with NBC Bay Area's sister station Telemundo, the street vendor said he holds down a regular job in construction. "Not begging you for money!" commented one in the Go Fund Me page.

The university's police department defended the Aranas' actions, saying he took $60 from the vendor as evidence.

"People saw I wasn't doing anything wrong", he said of the response to the video.

In the meantime, supporters of "Juan", and other vendors who have had property taken during law enforcement operations, have raised almost $47,000 to help with legal fees and other related matters.

A UC Berkeley spokesperson issued a statement to say the university is looking into the incident.

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