The event took place at the University of California Berkeley campus. On September 9, they held a football game. As you'd expect, there were many food vendors set up, capitalizing on all the extra foot traffic.
The man filming the video questioned the officer's actions. He says, "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?"
UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy responded to the backlash in a statement.
"While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence."
The act of police seizing funds from citizens suspected of doing something illegal is known as civil forfeiture. It is a highly controversial practice that has affected thousands of Americans. You can not only unjustly lose your funds, but your property and home as well.
The vendor in the video also spoke out. Asking to be referred to as "Beto," he gave an interview to Telemundo, giving his side of the story. He claimed to be a construction worker who sells hot dogs to earn extra money.
It's Beto's dream to own his own badass food truck. With help from the community after this ordeal, it looks like this may become a reality. That's for the future. For now, Beto says he plans on using the money to get a permit and to help other vendors.