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San Antonio Police Department officer asked to leave restaurant for carrying police-issued weapon

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 16:49:59-04

SAN ANTONIO, TX — A San Antonio Police Department officer was asked to leave a restaurant because he was carrying his police-issued weapon, according to the San Antonio Police Officers Association.

According to SAPOA, on Saturday, July 27th, an officer was dining at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse when he was asked to leave by a restaurant manager. The association says the officer was asked to leave because he was carrying his police-issued handgun.

SAPOA says the officer left the restaurant even though "the the Officer knew he was within his legal rights to carry his weapon."

The association says Fogo de Chao did apologize for the incident and "acknowledged that "a member of our team made the wrong call.""

SAPOA President Michael Helle thanked the restaurant for the apology and said "public-serving establishments need to be better educated about state gun laws, particularly as they apply to Police Officers."

“We thank the owners of Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse for acknowledging the mistake by one of their employees and for issuing a statement of support of San Antonio Police Officers,” said Michael Helle, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association. “While we hope this wasn’t an example of anti-police bias, at the very least this incident shows that public-serving establishments need to be better educated about state gun laws, particularly as they apply to Police Officers.”

Full press release from the San Antonio Police Officers Association: