‘This is our safe space and they have weapons’: San Francisco restaurant refuses service to uniformed cops

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A restaurant in San Francisco is defending its decision to refuse service to police officers because they did not feel safe since they were armed.

The co-owner somehow believes that their restaurant is a ‘safe space’ and as such, they do not have to serve anyone, including officers, who have weapons.

Three uniformed, on-duty San Francisco police officers decided that they wanted to have lunch at the restaurant, Hilda and Jesse, on Union Street in North Beach.

While it is usually more than acceptable to have uniformed police officers at any business as it deters crime inside, the employees inside of the store were not having it, and eventually told them that they had to leave.

It would seem reasonable, especially in a violent crime-ridden city like San Francisco, that business owners would be begging for a uniformed presence inside of their locations since, shockingly, most criminals will avoid those areas to commit crimes.

However, that is not the case in Hilda and Jesse’s as the presence of law-abiding, law enforcement officers somehow made the restaurant feel unsafe since they were armed.

The Chef and Co-Owner of the store, Rachel Sillcocks, spoke to ABC News and not only confirmed that this happened but, incredibly stood by the decision.

Sillcocks defended the move saying that she had nothing against the police officers and somehow supported the police department. Rather, it was because they were armed, as police officers are required to be.

She told the outlet:

“It’s not about the fact that we are anti-police. It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant. We were uncomfortable, and we asked them to leave. It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns.”

(Interesting how she says “the fact that we are anti-police”.)

Sillcocks reiterated that refusing the officer’s service had nothing to do with them being officers, as they would have asked any armed security guard to leave as well.

She said that those officers or any others are more than welcome to dine in their establishment provided they are not in uniform or armed.

Sillcocks then attempted to praise the police department while still refusing them service. She said:

“We understand how much the police support and protect the community. We want to again reiterate the fact that this is about guns being in our space, and we don’t allow it.”

The restaurant went to Instagram to defend its decision. They wrote:

“On Friday, Dec. 3, three armed and uniformed San Francisco police officers came in to dine at Hilda and Jesse. Shortly after seating them, our staff felt uncomfortable with the presence of their multiple weapons. We then politely asked them to leave.

“At Hilda and Jesse, the restaurant is a safe space. The presence of the officer’s weapons in the restaurant made us feel uncomfortable. We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do. We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The officers did as expected and left the business without causing a scene. When word spread to the San Francisco Police Chief, William Scott, he said he was “disappointed.”  Scott said:

“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect, even when it means respecting wishes that our officers and I find discouraging and personally disappointing.

I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult job we ask them to do – in their uniforms – to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe.”

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They defunded the police. Now another Democrat mayor is calling for more officers as crime skyrockets.

OAKLAND, CA – For the better part of 2020, liberal groups across the country called for the abolishment of the police forces everywhere.

These groups claimed that the money saved from paying police could be funneled to other social programs, which would in turn enhance public safety.

National Re-Fund The Police campaign

Fast forward to the end of 2021, government leaders across the US are calling for more police to handle the increases in crime, including the Democrat leader of Oakland, California.

 

Democrat Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf report on November 29th that she plans to shelve the original plans of directing city funds from social services so that the budget for the Oakland Police Department can be boosted.

Her plan is to utilize that money to hire additional officers because of the violent crime the city is experiencing.

The announcement from Schaaf comes as the city has experienced a deadly weekend which saw three homicides.

One of the people killed is a retired police officer who was working as a security guard for a television crew. So far, the city has seen a reported 127 homicides so far this year.

Although she reaffirmed support for diverting some city funding from the police to social services, she also apparently acknowledges that the plan she has in place has failed.

Schaaf made this known during a Zoom phone call with reporters:

“When those messages and services are not effective…the consequences must be swift and certain. There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence.”

 

Schaaf’s focus is on increasing the safety that the citizens feel inside of the city limits and believes that increasing law enforcement levels will be able to do that by the reduction in crime extra officers will cause.

Schaaf not only wants to increase the budget and staffing for the Oakland Police Department, but she also is calling for global changes to address the increase in crime. One thing that Schaaf made note of is the changes to bail that the liberals have embraced.

She said:

“I do want to call into attention the change in bail policies. And we believe that that change is not giving sufficient weight in it’s consideration to gun related crimes.”

When speaking on the bail reform issue, two other city leaders, District 6 Councilmember Loren Taylor, and District 7 Councilmember Treva Reid spoke up. Taylor said:

“When we talk about repeat offenses, these are things that we have to really make sense of in a way that helps to provide the carrot and the stick, if you will, that compels us to move toward a safer community.”

Schaaf is not the only liberal minded leader to have apparently changed views on police and making people feel safer.

The City of Portland, who proudly announced that they were massively defunding their police department, just unanimously pass a measure to increase the police budget by $5.2 million.

 

The increases or re-funding of police agencies in liberal cities like New York and Los Angeles are growing as citizens are angry that violent crime has increased to the point that they no longer feel safe in their neighborhoods.

Liberal leaders in those areas are also increasing funding from the police agencies that they had removed funds from in 2020.

While the thought of increasing policing in these areas might mean a reduction in crime, it most certainly will not be able to happen quickly. Recruiting, hiring, and training qualified people to become police officers in these areas will be difficult, and time consuming.

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