San Francisco restaurant refuses to serve uniformed police officers out of commitment to ‘social and racial justice’

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A police union in San Francisco, California, lambasted a bakery and restaurant that refused to serve a police officer in uniform.

“NO COPS ALLOWED. That’s the confirmed policy of the bakery chain Reem’s. One of our officers was denied service last weekend because he was in uniform,” said the San Francisco Police Officers Association on social media.

“Reem’s confirms that they will not serve anyone armed and in uniform. Presumably, this includes members of the US Military,” the group added.

Police union president Lt. Tracy McCray told KNTV-TV that an officer was refused service at the restaurant, and the union reached out to clarify the official policy of the business.

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“I politely left because I believe that police officers and community members should spend more time listening to each other than shouting at each other,” said Officer Vincent Fontela. “But you can’t do that when your presence isn’t wanted and your money is no good.”

The union provided KNTV with a copy of the email sent to it by the business.

“At Reem’s we do have a policy to not serve anyone that is armed in a uniform. All officers are welcome to come to our establishment when they are off duty and not armed,” the email read.

The business also posted about the ban on Instagram, saying it instituted the policy against police as part of a “deep commitment to uplifting social and racial justice in our communities.”

McCray called the policy bigoted against officers and called on Reem’s to be public about the policy.

“In a time of increased gun violence — particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people — we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer,” read the post from Reem’s.

Here’s a local news report about the restaurant:

SF police union says Mission District restaurant not allowing to serve

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