Reem’s California, a San Francisco restaurant, ignited a social media dispute with local police after implementing a policy that bars armed officers in uniform from entering its premises. The policy was revealed in an Instagram post as a reflection of the restaurant’s commitment to advancing social and racial justice in the wake of increased gun violence impacting marginalized groups.
“In a time of increased gun violence — particularly impacting people of color, youth, and queer people — we believe that maintaining a strict policy of prohibiting guns in our restaurant keeps us safer,” Reem’s wrote.
The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association, representing officers, criticized the restaurant’s decision on Twitter, highlighting an incident where an officer was reportedly denied service due to being in uniform.
“We are not asking Reem’s or any business with a bigoted policy to serve our officers,” SFPOA said. “We’re asking them to own their discriminatory policy and put up a sign so we know not to spend money in your establishment—on or off duty. We took the liberty of designing one for them.”
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