A police officer has sparked outrage in California after he was filmed emptying the wallet of a man selling hot dogs – because he didn’t have a permit.
Witness Martin Flores was waiting to buy a sausage snack from one of the numerous street vendors outside the University of Berkley after a football game when the incident unravelled.
The officer asked the street seller, since identified as Juan Beto, for his ID.
As Juan began fumbling through his wallet the officer grabbed it from his hands and removed 60 dollars (about £45) from inside.
In the video posted online Mr Flores repeatedly says, “That’s not right” and asks the officer why he’s taking the vendor’s “hard-earned money.”
The officer responds: “Yeah, well he doesn’t have a permit. He doesn’t have a permit.
“Yep, this is law and order in action … Thank you for your support.”
Mr Flores who was buying food for his two children, said his 10-year-old daughter was upset by the incident and told him she wanted to give Juan “a hug”.
The video he posted of the incident online has been viewed more than 11million times and invited thousands of comments.