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Uniformed Officers Refused Service At Restaurant, Bartender Responsible Faces Consequences

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Photo Credit: Twitter/LVMPD Traffic Bureau, KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

On Thursday night, two uniformed officers were denied service at The Lodge in Las Vegas, located near Cactus Avenue and Southern Highlands Parkway.

The two graveyard officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had gone to the restaurant for food when the bartender told them that the establishment didn’t serve "you guys" anymore.

Photo Credit: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

The police union sent out a letter to its members calling the incident offensive and disgusting.

The restaurant apologized, with the director of operations maintaining that all first responders were welcomed and that they have been serving them for 30 years.

Photo Credit: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

The union announced that it had accepted the apology, and believes that it was an isolated incident which involved a single employee.

LVMPD issued a statement to the media: “An incident occurred on February 13, 2020 where two on-duty LVMPD officers were refused service at The Lodge bar/restaurant when they stopped for lunch. While we consider this behavior unacceptable, we firmly believe that the refusal was an employee acting solely on his own, and it does not represent the viewpoint of the establishment. According to management at The Lodge it welcomes law enforcement at its business. The involved employee has now been suspended from work. The LVMPD has worked hard establishing relationships with its’ business partners in the community and the presence of officers is welcomed by business owners.”

Photo Credit: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas

Showing support for police officers following the incident, two restaurants, Distill and Remedy's, began offering free meals to all uniformed officers at all of their locations in the Las Vegas valley from midnight to 8 a.m. through Feb. 21.

Sources: KTNV