restaurant in San Francisco apologizes for refusing armed police service | San Francisco

The owners of a San Francisco restaurant have apologized for denying service to three police officers over the weekend because their guns made their staff “uncomfortable”.

Restaurant owners Hilda and Jesse apologized in a social media post on Sunday following an outcry and calls for a boycott of the restaurant, as officers were asked to leave shortly after each other. sat friday.

Restaurant owners said in a message on Saturday that officers were politely invited to leave because the restaurant is a “safe space and the presence of officers’ guns made us uncomfortable.”

Officers would be welcome at the North Beach restaurant when they were not on duty, without uniform and without their weapons, the post added. The post was deleted on Monday.

“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,” said Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liegas, restaurant co-owners Hilda and Jesse. , in the apology message. .

“These are stressful times and we mismanaged it,” they added.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott tweeted about the incident on Saturday and said his department encouraged officers to support local businesses and get to know members of the community.

“The San Francisco Police Department upholds security with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing,” he tweeted.

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