California Coffee Shop Won’t Serve Cops – Cops Use It As ‘Teaching Moment’ About Equality and Respect

An Oakland, California coffee shop will not serve cops because law enforcement in the cafe “compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety. The Oakland police has since used it as a “teaching moment.”

Just last month Oakland Sgt. Robert Trevino was denied service when the Hasta Muerte coffee “collective” let everyone know how they feel about the police. According to their website they have a “warm and inclusive atmosphere” for all patrons in their shop. This week they have taken their anti-cop stance even further by making an anti-police post on Instagram. It is captioned, “Talk with your neighbors, not the police.”

Claims from Trevino and fellow officers who are also part of this neighborhood state that Trevino wasn’t even trying to purchase coffee. Instead they were trying to do a better job with their policing efforts and build trust with the recently opened Hasta Muerte.

Per Daily Wire:

“Knowing him personally, he highly values community policing and he’s known as going out and building relationships with merchants,” one of Trevino’s friends, an Oakland City Council man, told SF Gate.

To that end, the local PD is using the service denial as a “teaching moment” and a way of instructing new recruits on how to set an example for the surrounding community by practicing actual tolerance, and exhibiting respect for their neighbors.

“I think their position is very clear that they don’t want the police in there, and I can respect that,” the sergeant in charge of the Oakland police academy told the paper. “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.”

To drive home their level of concern, the police department – along with members of the Oakland City Council – reached out to Hasta Muerte to begin a dialogue about how police can better get to know the neighborhood, and how law enforcement officials can better serve those in need. The City Council says they want to use the meeting to begin a healing process, “to see if we can work something out to trust each other, or at least get along.”

The Oakland police academy says it will use Hasta Muerte as an example in its racial diversity training program, to demonstrate that “it doesn’t matter how people feel about the police, you have to treat everyone equally.”

Hasta Muerte, however, isn’t interested in coming to the table.

“Since [the incident], cop supporters are trying to publicly shame us online with low reviews because this particular police visitor was Latino,” the shop wrote on Facebook, according to SF Gate. “We need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police. Especially in an area faced by drug sales and abuse, homelessness, and toxic masculinity as we see here on this block.”

Kudos to these police officers. They refuse to go down to the level of this coffee “collective” and continue to do their job and work hard to keep the streets safe.

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