A Michigan food truck owner is under fire for blatantly declaring she will not serve law enforcement officials.
The owner of the Detroit-based food truck announced in a now-deleted Facebook post that she and the “majority” of her customers, “do not feel safe around law enforcement agents.”
Rocky Coronado, the owner of Rocky’s Road Brew, added that she is “well within [her] rights to refuse service to law enforcement agents,” like local police and even Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“On this street corner I encounter all types and the only type that has ever purposely intimidated me is DPD (Detroit Police Department),” the post read, according to The Detroit News.
“The majority of my neighbors, customers, and myself do not feel safe around law enforcement agents (ICE, DPD, Homeland Security, etc),” the post read. “I have asked friends from the National Lawyers Guild and I am well within my rights to refuse service to law enforcement agents.
“This for the safety of my neighbors and customers (who have all become friends) and myself,”she wrote, adding a photo with the message “We reserve the right to refuse service to cops.”
According to The Detroit News: “The missive ended with the hashtags #blacklivesmatter #refugeeswelcome, and a profanity in Spanish insulting immigration officers.”
Coronado allegedly did not want to discuss the post with The Detroit News, telling the outlet, “If you can read, you know what the story is.”
“Generally speaking, we have good relations in that neighborhood, but my officers tell me whenever they’ve been in that area investigating criminal matters, she’s been uncooperative and rude,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “She has clearly shown disdain for police; the million-dollar question is: Why? We’d like to know what the issue is, and would like to sit down and talk to her about her concerns.”
And like other officers who daily put their lives at risk for their communities, Crag said although he disagreed with Coronado, “if she ever needs help we’ll give her the same service we’d give anyone else.”
In a follow-up post, the food truck owner said she turned away two officers a day earlier who were “in a unmarked, black suburban with tinted windows both with bulletproof vests and badges.”
Coronado went on to recount how one of the officials who told her she was she was with the humane society “became belligerent” and began taking pictures.
“The customers already at the truck were harassed by her and photographed despite NOT having their consent. THATS WHEN I REFUSED HER SERVICE and asked her to leave,” she wrote.
She claimed that following the original post, “All Lives Matter, ‘Patriots,’ MAGA, & ‘Christians’ have been slandering, threatening, and harassing the business via Facebook,” adding that “their ignorance shows me I’m on the right path” and calling her critics a “threat to freedom, equality, & peace in America.”
“As a brown queer person in America, I am well aware that my very being is a threat to Amerikkka and its lineage of genocide, fragility, and hate. My very existence is my resistance and just like my ancestors, I am resilient. So despite the hate and slander, I am well,” she wrote. “I wanted to thank everyone for the emotional labor (these creeps cannot be reasoned with) and support.”
A neighboring restaurant owner heartily disagreed with Coronado, calling the post “inappropriate.”
“All the police here, they’re all community based,” George Azar told WSYM-TV. “I actually was like, ‘hey Rocky, you should kind of calm down a little bit.'”
“Unfortunately, we live in a society where the media has sensationalized a lot of the anti-cop movement,” Detroit Police Officers Association president Mark Diaz said, calling Coronado’s post “childish and immature.”
“It’s really just a small segment of society, but these squeaky wheels make the most noise, and they criticize everything police do,” he added. “But it’s their right if they choose not to serve police officers.”
“It just shows that person’s mentality — but under no circumstances would we refuse service to them,” Diaz said. “I hope they never have to call 911, but if they do we’ll show up and do our jobs.”
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