There is a great debate raging in our nation these days regarding the behavior of our police officers, specifically in regard to interactions with people of color.
This stems from a number of disturbing incidents that have come to light over the course of the last several months, in rapid succession. These discussions may have been occurring for much longer, at least in certain circles, but the issue is now at the forefront of the national political scene after the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in St. Louis.
As expected, much of the rhetoric in this discussion has been heated, and this has pushed some Americans to lose respect for the law enforcement community. In Alabama, this point of view has manifested at a Five Guys burger joint.
The officers claim that six or seven employees in the establishment turned their backs on the officers as they entered the restaurant chain. One officer reportedly heard an employee say, “I’m not serving them.”
The officers then left and went to another restaurant.
The popular fast food company was quick to respond.
Five Guys employees in Daphne, Ala., who reportedly denied three police officers service have been fired or suspended, the restaurant said.
“Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their support in working together toward a resolution,” Five Guys said in a statement Friday. “The actions the Daphne, AL franchise have taken include termination and suspension of the employees involved.”
The Daphne police department would go on to release a statement that recognized these as the actions of the individuals and not of the franchise, hoping to quell any possible blowback for Five Guys.
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