Oakland Barista Takes NO POLICE Stance Unprepared For Consequences

There must be something spectacularly strange about the air in Oakland. Not only does the mayor there warn criminals that federal immigration officers are on the hunt for them, but one coffeeLiberty Slate shop has taken a stance to not serve police officers…and then management got its panties in a wad when one Latino officer dared to tell the world about it, prompting bad reviews and falling business from the community.

They posted a warning as part of a statement on Instagram:

“We want to put this out to our communities now, in case we end up facing backlash because as we know OPD, unlike the community, has tons of resources, many of which are poured into maintaining smooth public relations to uphold power,” the post states. “It will be no surprise if some of those resources are steered toward discrediting us for not inviting them in as part of the community.”

Oakland’s police are taking all of this better than the community is, as there have been actions, peaceful so far, in the form of bad reviews online, and people publicly objecting that the barista, Hasta Muerte Coffee (the Spanish translated to “until death”), claims the workers do not feel safe with police around.

Oy.

“I think their position is very clear that they don’t want the police in there, and I can respect that,” Sgt. Bryan Hubbard, vice president of the Police Officers’ Association, told SFGate.

“If they do call the police for any need, we’re going to respond professionally and give them the same level of service as anyone else regardless of their position.”

But other area businesses aren’t taking it so lightly, according to KGO, the ABC station in the Bay Area.

“For them, to refuse service to a police officer from our community is totally outrageous,” Jose “Cheo” Ortiz, owner of nearby La Perla restaurant, told the station.

“He’s a great officer, a great man and he’s all about community. For him to come and introduce himself to a new business and receive that treatment is not acceptable.”

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