A Kentucky Chuck E. Cheese appears to have taken the kid-friendly chain’s “no guns” policy too far, refusing to serve a police officer who entered the restaurant with a firearm.
The gun-toting officer encountered the problem at the Chuck E. Cheese in the Greenwood Mall in the city of Bowling Green, prompting outrage from some people, including a sheriff from a neighboring jurisdiction, WBKO-TV reported Friday.
“I was upset,” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the station. “I was shocked for that officer and also for all the patrons there because you know if you have an obvious police officer and they’re wearing police clothing, then I don’t understand what the problem would be having someone like that with the training and experience of a police officer [coming] into an establishment.”
Chuck E. Cheese’s national headquarters called the situation an unfortunate misunderstanding.
“Our firearms policy does not apply to officers in uniform. We do have a no firearms policy for civilians and off-duty non-uniformed officers, but officers in uniform are always welcome to bring in their firearms,” Chuck E. Cheese spokeswoman Alexis Lynn told the station.
But what constitutes a uniform? The officer refused entry was wearing a marked police polo shirt.
Doyle said that shouldn’t have been an issue.
St. Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency Monday as they prepared for a second night of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown.
The move was announced by County Executive Steve Stenger, who cited the violence that marred protests Sunday night in Ferguson.
“The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” Stenger said in a statement.
The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office announced criminal charges against a man authorities say exchanged gunfire with police officers Sunday night. Tyrone Harris, 18, who remained hospitalized in critical condition, was charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action and one count of shooting at a motor vehicle.
As authorities girded for another tumultuous night, about 30 protesters spread across all 10 lanes of an interstate that runs through Ferguson.
Can we look forward to this every year?
I hate to point this out, but race riots aren’t a new thing. They’ve been happening for a long time. It hasn’t accomplished anything positive. Ever. Try something new.
To the businesses in Ferguson… time to move out. There are plenty of states and towns that would love to have you and won’t burn your business to the ground. Especially in defense of someone who committed a crime and was killed in the attempt at another.