The powers-that-be at the burrito and taco chain Chipotle reportedly apologized to the New York City police department (NYPD), after a group of about nine officers entered one of their downtown Brooklyn eateries and were greeted by an employee who raised his hands in a “hands up, don’t shoot!” gesture, according to the New York Daily News.
The incident took place on December 16th, and the anti-police brutality gesture was made famous by the ongoing protests in the aftermath of slain Black teen Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. The slogan is meant to drive home the point that Brown was unarmed with his hands raised, when Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot him to death.
Upon making the gesture by the lone unnamed employee, the officers were not refused service but chose to leave. The incident has now, however, sparked a boycott of the eatery by the men and women in blue — many of whom frequented the establishment.
Chipotle’s CEOs Steve Ells and Monty Moran released the following statement in regards to the incident:
“We work very hard to ensure that every customer in our restaurants feels welcome and is treated with respect,” the corporate heads said in a statement. “Clearly, the actions of this crew member undermined that effort.”
The company chiefs did tell the news outlet that “appropriate actions” were taken against the employee who made the unwelcomed gesture but as to what specifically was done is not being revealed.
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