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Video shows a UC Berkeley officer removing cash from a hot dog vendor's wallet


A bystander captured video Saturday of a University of California, Berkeley officer ticketing a hot dog vendor for operating without a permit and removing cash from his wallet.

In the video, taken by alumnus Martin Flores, the vendor objects as the officer pulls cash from his wallet.

Flores, who told the LA Times he was buying hot dogs from the vendor when the officers approached, can be heard confronting the officer in the video.

โ€œThatโ€™s not right,โ€ he says repeatedly after asking why the officer was taking the man's โ€œhard earned money.โ€

To that, the officer said, "This is law and order in action ... Thank you for your support.โ€

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told Berkeleyside that the university is aware of the incident.

"The officer was tasked with enforcing violations related to vending without a permit on campus," Mogulof said. "UCPD is looking into the matter.โ€

Since the incident, a petition to have the officer fired has garnered more than 11,000 signatures.

Flores launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover legal and personal losses Juan, the hotdog, vendor, incurred.

"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," Flores wrote.

So far, he's raised more than $40,000 through the GoFundMe campaign.

The video has been viewed millions of times and this Flores' initial tweet has more than three thousand comments.

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