Detroit Food Truck Owner Refuses to Serve Police Officers, Says Customers 'Do Not Feel Safe' Around Them

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Citi food trucks offer treats to New Yorkers on December 3, 2015 in New York City. A food truck owner in Detroit says her business is receiving hateful messages for refusing to serve to law enforcement. Brian Ach/Getty Images for Citi

A food truck owner in Detroit, Michigan who said her business refuses to serve law enforcement for the "safety of my neighbors and customers," is now receiving hateful messages for her decision.

Rocky Coronado, the owner of Rocky's Road Brew in Detroit, wrote on Friday in a now deleted Facebook post obtained by The Detroit News that she is "well within my rights to refuse service to law 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 majority of my neighbors, customers, and myself do not feel safe around law enforcement agents (ICE, DPD, Homeland Security, etc)," the post said. "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."

Included in the post was a photo that read "We refuse the right to refuse service to cops." In a follow-up post on Saturday, Coronado wrote on Facebook that a woman and a man in an unmarked, black, vehicle with tinted windows approached the truck on Friday.

"I told [them] I was closed to not make a tense situation more so. They then circled back around with a lady (with a bulletproof vest and badge) getting out of her vehicle asking why I didn't serve them. Not feeling confrontational, I meekly told her that I don't serve law enforcement," Coronado reportedly wrote on Facebook. "She told me she was with the humane society and that we probably have the same political ideas. That's when I was ready to rectify the situation but she quickly became belligerent."

Coronado wrote on Facebook that the woman got out of the van, began taking pictures of the truck, recording the situation and harassing customers. She asked them to leave a second time and refused them service again. The owner of the food truck said the woman posted a false account of what happened on her Facebook page and went viral.

Coronado said she has been getting hateful messages since the incident and posting about her reasons for refusing to serve law enforcement.

"The posts went viral and I decided to post why I do not serve law enforcement agents. Since then All Lives Matter, "Patriots," MAGA, & "Christians" have been slandering, threatening, and harassing the business via Facebook," Coronado wrote. "These people, their code switching, their hate, their ignorance shows me I'm on the right path. These people are the threat to freedom, equality, & peace in America."

Newsweek has reached out to the owner of the food truck for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told The Detroit News that Coronado has been hostile to police officers in the past.

"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," Craig said.

Craig said he would be open to sit down and speak with her about her concerns and said while he doesn't agree with her views, the police department would be there to help her if she should ever need their services.

"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," Craig said. "I don't agree with what she's putting on Facebook, but if she ever needs help we'll give her the same service we'd give anyone else."

A similar incident happened in July after a Dunkin Donuts employee in Cleveland, Ohio, was fired for telling a Cleveland Police Officer "I don't serve cops anyways." Tay Brown told WJW the remark was just a joke and said it while his co-worker was taking down the officer's order.

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Citi food trucks offer treats to New Yorkers on December 3, 2015 in New York City. A food truck owner in Detroit says her business is receiving hateful messages for refusing to serve to law enforcement. Brian Ach/Getty Images for Citi
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