Illinois Police Department Boycotts Denny’s Restaurant Over Anti-Gun Policy
(www.fishgame.com) Belleville , Illinois, Police Chief William Clay has banned all on-duty police officers from eating at Denny’s Restaurant on South Illinois Street after a detective was asked to remove her gun or leave the restaurant on New Year’s Day. Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said five on-duty detectives were eating about 10 a.m. Tuesday when restaurant manager David Rice approached and advised a female detective that she needed to take her weapon, which was visible to patrons, out to her car or leave the restaurant.
Sax said the other four detectives initially thought Rice was joking with the female detective until she told Rice that she was a police officer and that all persons present at the table were police officers.
According to police, Rice stated he had a complaint from another customer about the weapon and she had to take the weapon outside or leave. Other detectives advised Rice they were on-duty Belleville police detectives.
Sax said the manager notified them company policy dictates only officers in uniform may have weapons, and Rice went on to state there was a sign on the door indicating weapons were only allowed in the restaurant if officers were in uniform.
The detectives asked Rice whether he wanted them to stop eating and they were told they could take their food with them. Sax said the detectives advised the manager they would not leave weapons outside while on duty and stood up to leave.
As the detectives were leaving the restaurant, Sax said General Manager Michael Van walked up and advised Rice it was fine for the detectives to be in the restaurant.
“At this point, the detectives were embarrassed and felt the situation was entirely too awkward for them to remain and all left the restaurant,” Sax said.
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