Video showing Berkeley cop confiscating hot dog vendor's cash goes viral

Vendor's police citation fuels online funding campaign

Flores can be heard on the video saying "That's not right".

Flores made a decision to capture the exchange on video using his phone, which showed the UCPD officer taking cash from the vendor's wallet, folding it and holding it in his hand.

Since the episode, Flores set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $10,000. While the vendor stood by, objecting to the officer taking his money, the officer puts the cash away and starts writing the citation.

The fundraising page's "Story" section explains how an officer with the UC Berkeley Police Department interrupted the transaction and began to write Juan a ticket.

In the absence of much detail from authorities in recent days, some hypothesized that civil forfeiture rules allowed the officer to confiscate the money to be booked into evidence. ABC7 News has learned the officer shown on the video, Sean Aranas, was acting on orders from a supervisor to issue a citation.

"He doesn't have a permit", the officer responded. He filmed the officer pulling cash from the vendor's wallet and protested, asking why the officer did not cite all the people drinking on campus with open alcohol containers.

"I totally recognise that people have to have permits". Refusing to acknowledge how deeply engrained the practice is within immigrant and Latino communities-and ignoring the many practical ways local officials and law enforcement could work with these groups-is irresponsible and a waste of everyone's time.

Flores has also launched a GoFundMe for Juan to cover his legal expenses and for the loss he faced.


One MitĂș blog from 2015 highlights this issue, focusing on a crackdown in San Bernadino of fruteros (fruit sellers) and flower vendors.

A petition to remove UCPD Officer created Saturday by campus student Vicky Zamarripa has received more than 21,000 signatures as of press time.

It had raised almost $33,000 as of Monday morning.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said in a statement to the Berkeleyside blog on Sunday evening: "We are aware of the incident".

"That officer was tasked with enforcing violations of vending without a permit on campus", He said.

According to UCPD Sgt. Sabrina Reich, Aranas issued the citation for vending without a license and UCPD also detained three other individuals for vending without a license, who were all released later that day with a warning.

Biddy said UC police will investigate the incident.

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