A Denny's restaurant in Belleville is under fire for the actions of a manager who asked a police detective to take her weapon to her car following a complaint from another customer. Four other plain-clothes detectives were eating a meal on Tuesday at the restaurant, and the police chief has now banned officers from doing business with the Denny's location.
The detectives were all on duty, according to a police statement, and all were identified as officers with either their radios or badges in plain view. The officers initially thought it was a joke until the manager explained company policy of not allowing firearms in the restaurant. A general manager tried to correct the error during the incident, and invited the officers to stay, but all five left the building. Belleville Police Chief William Clay issued a statement Wednesday banning all officers from eating at the restaurant on South Illinois Street either on or off duty as a result of the incident, but said they would respond to any emergency call. Denny's has issued an official apology for what it calls a misunderstanding.