Here’s the original video.
(From Chicago 5)
A video showing University of California police ticketing an unlicensed street vendor and seizing money from his wallet at UC Berkeley went viral on social media this weekend, drawing criticism from those who claim the officer went too far by confiscating the man’s money.
Now, a GoFundMe to support the street vendor has collected more than $54,000, as of Tuesday morning. A petition to fire the police officer who issued the citation has collected more than 28,000 signatures.
As the video continued to rack up views late into Monday afternoon, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy issued a statement reiterating the school’s commitment to creating a “climate of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
Of course Berkeley being Berkeley they had to couch things in politically correct terms. How about the fact that this guy was engaged in free enterprise and was wrongfully harassed (3 other people got warnings without the cops taking their day’s pay) by the functionaries of the state? That is the real issue here. I don’t think the cops were racist and you know they were operating under orders.