Colorado Police Officer Gets Chipotle Meal With 'I Can't Breathe' Note on Packaging

A police officer in Colorado was served a meal at a Chipotle which had the words "I can't breathe" written on its packaging, according to reports.

The Wheat Ridge Police Department officer was served the meal at a Chipotle location on Youngfield Street in Wheat Ridge. The food did not appear to have been tampered with, the police said.

The message references the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, which sparked the recent Black Lives Matter and police brutality protests nationwide. Demands for justice for the 23-year-old was ignited in the wake of Floyd's death.

There has also been outrage over the death of Colorado man Elijah McClain, who died last August died after being placed in a chokehold by Aurora Police officers and administered ketamine.

In a statement to 9 News, Wheat Ridge Police Department spokesperson Sara Spaulding said the officer believes the message on the packaging was "targeting them in a negative way."

"This has been an upsetting incident for that officer and for our entire department," Spaulding said, adding that the action was "an inappropriate way" to voice their opposition.

"The protection and safety of our officers is one of our highest priorities, and as they work to protect our community, they should not have to wonder whether the food they are served is safe to eat or whether they will be treated any differently than others being served in an establishment," Spaulding said.

In a statement to KDVR, police added: "We know these are stressful times as our communities cope with the ongoing risks of the pandemic as well as the anxiety created by weeks of protests targeting police in cities across the country.

"While this single incident is disappointing and upsetting, despite the challenges of the past few months, we have experienced a tremendous outpouring of support from the Wheat Ridge community, and for that we are extremely grateful."

Chipotle has been contacted for comment.

Earlier this month, a New Jersey man was charged with spitting in drinks served to officers while working at a Starbucks.

Kevin Trejo, 21, was is accused of subjecting a law enforcement officer to contact with bodily fluid, knowingly tampering with a law enforcement officer's drink, and creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition after allegedly spitting in one officer's drink, although detectives believe there could be more cases.

Starbucks later condemned Trejo's actions and confirmed he is longer an employee at the store in Park Ridge.

The large sign for Chipotle Restaurant is seen February 8, 2016, in the Washington, DC, commmunity of Georgetown. Paul J. RICHARDS / AFP/Getty