Most businesses that serve the public welcome all members of the public. Many appreciate having police officers as customers, as their presence is an active deterrent to miscreants and malcontents. Not this coffee house, though. They’ve decided that police don’t make them feel good, so they’re refusing them service.
Hasta Muerte, in Oakland, California, is, The Daily Mail writes, “standing up to police brutality by refusing to serve officers.”
Last November, they turned away a sergeant. The employees refused to serve him. When he posted about his experience, the coffee shop took to social media to defend their actions.
“Cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino.
He broadcasted to his network that he was ‘refused service’ at a local business and now the rumblings are spreading,” the Instagram post read.
“We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety.”
“Talk to your neighbors, not the police,” this caption reads.
The community, though, seems split on the decision to turn away the officer, who is the president of the Latino Police Officers Association of Alameda County.
The negative reviews didn’t sit well with the shop. They decided to make the local matter even more political by posting the negative reviews with “Not my president” and “sorry not sorry” written across the images.
The Oakland Police Officers Association reached out to the coffee shop in an attempt to talk. It didn’t go well. The coffee shop responded”
“OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression. The facts are that poc (people of color), women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks.”
“For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police,” the shop wrote.