Police officers in Raleigh, North Carolina, are troubled after an incident with residents at a local restaurant left them shocked.
According to the Raleigh Police Protective Association, a Teamsters union for Raleigh police, several officers visited Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q Friday and were disrupted by employees of the restaurant singing NWA's 1988 hip-hop song "F*** The Police."
"Thank you Smithfield's Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang 'F the Police' as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant. The manager sang along as well," a since-deleted Facebook post read. "Do you really feel that was appropriate?"
The post went viral and was shared thousands of times, according to WTVD-TV, before the union decided to delete the post because of inappropriate comments.
Franchise location owner David Harris responded to the allegations on the association's Facebook page, saying that he and his co-owner took the incident seriously.
"We respect law enforcement, we have called upon them in the past for assistance, we take utmost seriousness of this issue, we have spoken with numerous officers tonight, we will do thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn't share our RESPECT of ALL law enforcement. We will continue to support RPD," Harris wrote, according to WGHP-TV.
"We are forever grateful for all the men and women of law enforcement's courage, dedication and sacrifice," he said.
Raleigh Police thanked the community for the outpouring of support they received after the incident on Friday, adding that they believe there will be a resolution to the situation.
"We really appreciate the support we have received from the incident involving Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ. We are confident that a positive resolution will occur as a result from our effort. Currently, the conversation between some people on the previous posts have deviated from our original mission which was to raise awareness to that particular situation and to show what police officers have to face now on a regular basis. For that reason, we decided to delete the original post," RPPA President Matthew Cooper wrote.
RPPA spokesman Rick Armstrong said he believes the employees involved should be suspended or terminated.
"We do appreciate his quick response and we're going to have to wait and see what he does, and hopefully, he follows up with appropriate action on these employees," Armstrong said.