The owner of a North Carolina barbecue restaurant has issued an apology following an incident in which his employees sang N.W.A.’s “F—Tha Police” as officers ate in the establishment.
After reports of the episode surfaced Friday, David Harris, owner of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘n Bar-B-Q in Garner, pledged to investigate the incident and to terminate anyone who “doesn’t share our respect of all law enforcement.”
A member of the Raleigh Police Protective Association wrote to “thank” the 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?” in a Facebook post that has since been deleted.
According to Matthew Cooper, president of the union, two officers were dining in the restaurant when employees began to sing the song from N.W.A.’s 1988 album, “Straight Outta Compton.” Cooper did not discuss the number of employees involved in the incident, but the original Facebook post contended that the manager sang along with the other restaurant employees.
“This is something that, unfortunately, officers have to deal with now on a regular basis,” Cooper said in an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer.
In a subsequent post on Facebook, Cooper thanked restaurant officials for their support and rapid repsonse, but noted that everyone deserves respect, including police officers.
“We are confident that a positive resolution will occur as a result from our effort,” Cooper wrote. “Currently, the conversation between some people on the previous posts have deviated from our original mission which was to raise awareness to that particular situation and to show what police officers have to face now on a regular basis. For that reason, we decided to delete the original post.”
Cooper said he was “comforted” that most members of the community support law enforcement officers.
“We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect,” Cooper’s post said. “Our officers do their best to complete this mission every day.”
Rick Armstrong, a member of the police union, asserted that anyone who sang the song as the police officers ate should be suspended or terminated.
“Police officers go out there every day and they risk their lives and to be treated with such disrespect is truly unfortunate,” Armstrong said. “We do appreciate [Cooper’s] quick response and we’re going to wait and see what he does, and hopefully, he follows up with appropriate action on these employees.”
H/T: New York Post
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