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EXCLUSIVE: Police Chief Of Department Refused Service By Whataburger Says Resentment Toward Police Is Getting Worse

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Casey Harper Contributor

The police chief for one of the officers refused service at a Whataburger believes the incident is an indication of wider resentment toward police, he said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

One of Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix’s officers was refused service Tuesday night at North Texas Whataburger. The employee told the officer “We don’t serve police officers,” so he and another officer left for a different restaurant. (RELATED: Whataburger Refuses To Serve Two Cops)

“It is upsetting,” Phoenix told TheDCNF. “It’s a shame that law enforcement officers have to put up with that because of what has happened by a few officers in the past and now reflecting it back on every officer.”

Phoenix said that the incident is part of a wider trend of resentment toward police.

“We run into it on a daily basis,” Phoenix told TheDCNF. “Police officers’ jobs are getting tougher and tougher dealing with the public. It is getting worse.”

Pheonix said he is encouraging his officers to remember that this is an isolated incident that doesn’t reflect the company’s opinion. The company has publicly condemned the employee’s behavior, and a Whataburger media representative told TheDCNF that they are working on a response.

“In my opinion, it’s not the company,” Phoenix told TheDCNF. “It’s just like when you get a police officer who makes a bad decision and everybody wants to blame all police officers.”

Phoenix told TheDCNF he didn’t want the employee to lose his job, but that he should go to some kind of sensitivity training.

“I don’t want any man to lose his job because of a bad choice,” Phoenix told TheDCNF. “He didn’t kill anybody.”

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