The owner of a food truck in Detroit, Michigan is now at the center of a brewing controversy over her choice to refuse to serve law enforcement officers.
Friday, the owner of Rocky’s Road Brew, Rocky Coronado, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post on Friday that she is “well within [her] rights to refuse service to law enforcement agents,” this includes local police officers, Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In a separate post Saturday on Facebook-which has since received over 1,000 comments and shares, Coronado detailed how she refused to serve two officers on Friday who were “in a unmarked, black suburban with tinted windows both with bulletproof vests and badges.” The food truck is usually parked on Vernor Highway in southwest Detroit and offers vegan tacos, and organic teas and coffee.
Coronado writes in the Facebook post on Friday:
“Yesterday, two people came by in a unmarked, black suburban with tinted windows both with bulletproof vests and badges. I do not serve law enforcement (ICE, Homeland Security, DPD, etc) so I told em I was closed to not make a tense situation more so. They then circled back around with a lady (still with bulletproof vest and badge)getting out of her vehicle asking why I didn’t serve them. Not feeling confrontational, I meekly told her that I don’t serve law enforcement. She told me she was w the humane society and that we probably have the same political ideas. That’s when I was ready to rectify the situation but she quickly became belligerent. She took her phone out and stated taking pictures (wish I woulda done the same). The customers already at the truck were harassed by her and photographed despite NOT having their consent. THATS WHEN I REFUSED HER SERVICE and asked her to leave. She posted or her male passenger posted some pics with their false account of what happened. The posts went viral and I decided to post why I do not serve law enforcement agents. Since then All Lives Matter, “Patriots,” MAGA, & “Christians” have been slandering, threatening, and harassing the business via Facebook. These people, their code switching, their hate, their ignorance shows me I’m on the right path. These people are the threat to freedom, equality, & peace in America.
As a brown queer person in America, I am well aware that my very being is a threat to Amerikkka and its lineage of genocide, fragility, and hate. My very existence is my resistance and just like my ancestors, I am resilient. So despite the hate and slander, I am well. I wanted to thank everyone for the emotional labor (these creeps cannot be reasoned with) and support. It’s super comforting and I love y’all for it. I had planned to take the day off to attend RISE in Flint (a nationwide day of environmental action) but because of the madness I’ll be doing some self care near home. So, I’ll be closed but will keep you posted on when I’ll be opened back up. With resistance and love in mind, Rocky Coronado#blacklivesmatter#refugeeswelcome#chingalamigra#nomamesguey“
Yesterday, two people came by in a unmarked, black suburban with tinted windows both with bulletproof vests and badges….
Sources told Action News XXYZ in Detroit that a rescue driver from the humane society was even asked to leave because he “looked” like law enforcement even after stressing to the food truck workers that he was not.
Coronado says that she has consulted with lawyers and reserves the right to refuse service to officers.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the Detroit News that his officers find the business owner to be “uncooperative” with the department and that she is well known for her hostility towards law enforcement.
“Generally speaking, we have good relations in that neighborhood, but my officers tell me whenever they’ve been in that area investigating criminal matters, she’s been uncooperative and rude,” Craig said.
“She has clearly shown disdain for police; the million-dollar question is: Why? We’d like to know what the issue is, and would like to sit down and talk to her about her concerns,” Craig said. “I don’t agree with what she’s putting on Facebook, but if she ever needs help we’ll give her the same service we’d give anyone else.”
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