It’s sad when a police officer can’t even eat a meal in public without being ridiculed. A recent event in Raleigh, North Carolina have left viewers and eye-witnesses disturbed at the lack of respect for our brothers in blue.
Smithfield’s Chicken & Barbeque on Jones Sausage Road has long been serving food faithfully to their customers. Their service reflects their sign which says, “grateful to serve.” But during a recent lunch rush, some police officers felt the restaurant had anything but excellent service.
After several officers and customers had posted their thoughts on the event, Raleigh Police Protective Association (RPPA) took to the restaurant’s Facebook page and expressed the following:
“Thank you Smithfield’s Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang “F the Police” as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant. The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?”
According to their post, employees and management were singing NWA’s song “F— the Police” as the officers were trying to enjoy their meals. Since RPPA released their statement, the post went viral being shared over 2,000 times. RPPA member, Rick Armstrong, reacted to the event in a way not surprising to the average police supporter:
“Police officers go out there every day and they risk their lives and to be treated with such disrespect is truly unfortunate.”
The union learned of the disrespect thanks to a police officer who posted it online. Police officers directly affected, along with the union, are calling for anyone involved to be disciplined or fired. The Union’s statement did catch the attention of the franchise owner who responded with:
“We respect law enforcement; we have called upon them in the past for assistance. We take utmost seriousness of this issue, we have spoken with numerous officers tonight. We will do a thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn’t share our respect of all law enforcement.”
Armstrong responded to the quick reply saying:
“We do appreciate his quick response and we’re going to have to wait and see what he does, and hopefully, he follows up with appropriate action on these employees.”