Flores is heard on the video questioning the officer’s decision to confiscate the man’s money, claiming it was unfair.
The officer said in the video that a judge could decide whether or not it’s right.
University Police Sgt. Sabrina Reich said the money was seized as evidence of the “suspected proceeds of the violation.”
“In general, when an officer issues a citation, makes an arrest or investigates a crime, the officer may seize items as evidence of the proceeds of the crime or violation,” Reich said in an email to the Associated Press.
UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy said in a statement that the university has instructed officers to monitor illegal vending outside event venues over concerns about public health.
He said the university’s practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation. UC officials said police detained three other people for vending without a license but released them with a warning.
Biddy said university police will investigate the officer’s decision to seize the cash “to look at both the procedural and management issues related to the incident.”
Click here to read the vice chancellor’s full statement and frequently asked questions surrounding the incident.
The Associated Press and KTVU-TV contributed to this report.
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