San Francisco restaurant Hilda and Jesse denied service to on duty police officers for wearing their service weapons on Friday.
In a now deleted Instagram post, the restaurant owners said they “politely asked” the officers to leave because their “staff felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons.” The statement continued, “the restaurant is a safe space…we welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.”
After receiving public backlash for their decision Hilda and Jesse shared an apology on Sunday.
“We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident on Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco Police Department to leave our restaurant,” the owners said. “We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times. We hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD.”
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San Francisco Police Chief responded to Hilda and Jesse’s deicion on twitter.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing.” SF Police Chief Scott continued, “I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult job we ask them to do — in their uniforms — to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe.
The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro speaks with callers about whether the restaurant was correct in their actions or if they’re applying an unrealistic standard on law enforcement.