New York. – Was a mother of Hispanic descent Arrested in presence of daughter while selling fruits in station of Metro Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, New York. The moment of arrest was recorded on video by the daughter of the affected.
In the images, the Ecuadorian woman can be seen next to the car where she sells her cut fruits in ready-to-eat bags, while she is handcuffed from behind by two officers, who escort her quietly.
Clips of the arrest became a trend on social media after they were posted on Twitter by a New York organization called the Street Vendor Project, which is dedicated to protecting the rights of street vendors and small businesses.
The 57-second video has garnered over a million views, 21 likes and has been retweeted over 1,200 times.
The arrested woman responds to the name of Maria Falcon and is originally from Ecuador. As per the above organization, she has been selling fruits at metro station for more than 10 years.
The Street Vendor Project says Maria is licensed to sell her food and pays taxes like any other Big Apple merchant. Even, they assure that he has passed the food safety course, but he still does not have a sales permit as it takes years to provide these due to high demand.
According to the organization above on Twitter, there are 12 permits on the business license waiting list and 6,000 on the food permit waiting list. Similarly, he notes that there are about 20,000 street vendors in New York City.
“It’s the small thing we do, you can honestly see how we work, we don’t harm anyone,” Maria said.
In their defense, the New York Police said that in recent days they informed Maria about the rules of traffic conduct.
According to information from local portal lanoticia.com, “signs written in English and Spanish were put up in and around the station to remind the public that sales in the transit system are illegal.”
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