A Dallas Police Sergent arrived at work last Wednesday with a seemingly innocent chicken sandwich. But this wasn’t any ordinary chicken sandwich. It was a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A — on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” no less.
As the Sergent arrived at his post at the Southeast patrol sector, he got in a heated exchange with two female police officers, both of whom happened to be lesbians, CBS DFW reports.
The fast food chain has become a symbol for free speech to some, and a symbol for “hate” to others, after restaurant President Dan Cathy decided to publicly back traditional marriage last month.
It’s unclear who initiated the confrontation but that’s what police say they hope to find out after conducting an internal investigation. A department spokesperson told CBS DFW that the issue is not that the sergeant brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich into the substation, but rather whether he made inappropriate or offensive comments while arguing with the two female officers while on duty.
He has since been assigned to the graveyard shift — before the investigation has been conducted.
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The Dallas Police Association, who represents all three of the officers, say they are getting two versions of the story, and while they are neutral on the issue, the association is frustrated by a move made by the department before the investigation was complete.
The DPA points out the two female officers happen to be homosexuals. They also point out that the sergeant was responsible for reading the evening bulletins to all officers in the Southeast patrol that evening, including information on possible crowd control issues at Chick-Fil-A’s in the area.
The association says what concerns them most is that before the internal investigation into the matter was resolved the sergeant was moved to a midnight shift at the Lew Sterret Justice Center, which the association views as punishment.
The association also views the move as the department taking a stance on the issue before the full internal investigation was complete.
The Dallas Police Association says it is pushing for mediation in the incident between all three officers, but as of this point, that has not occurred.