Diner Apologizes for Worker’s Anti-NYPD Protest

NEW YORK (AP) -

Two  chief executives of the restaurant Chipotle on Monday apologized to NYPD officers who were greeted by a restaurant employee at a Brooklyn branch making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popular with anti-police protesters.

Steve Ells and Monty Moran said the employee’s action on Dec. 16 appeared to be spontaneous when a group of nine police officers entered. They claimed the officers were not refused service, but left after encountering the gesture while in line.

However, the officers said they were denied service. Policemen and their supporters have not stepped into the diner since, although many of them were regulars there.

The executives said appropriate actions had been taken.