More than $63,000 has been raised as of press time on GoFundMe for the hot dog vendor who was confronted by a University of California Berkeley police officer.
A video that went viral showed one UC Police Department officer ticketing a hot dog vendor after a Cal football game Saturday evening near Memorial Stadium, at Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, Bay City News reports. The officer was also seen taking $60 out of the vendor’s wallet.
UC Berkeley alumnus Martin Flores posted the video and made the GoFundMe for the vendor. The original goal was set to $10,000 to also help other vendors issued citations.
In addition, an online petition to remove the officer from UCPD garnered over 35,000 supporters at time of this publication.
UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy announced Monday that the university is investigating the incident. Biddy added that campus officers were instructed to monitor illegal vending outside the venue and that university practice is to give a warning before a citation.
The university detained three other people for vending without a license on Saturday, Biddy also said.