BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- Belleville’s police chief has banned his on-duty officers from Denny’s after several detectives were told they couldn’t have their guns inside—a dustup the restaurant calls a misunderstanding.
Police Capt. Donald Sax says the plain-clothed detectives had badges on their belts or around their necks while dining Tuesday, but a Denny’s manager told them they needed to take their guns back to their cars.
Sax says that request came after a diner saw an officer was armed and complained.
Sax says that although a detective identified the diners as officers, the manager still insisted the guns go back to their cars.
A Denny’s general manager who saw the officers get up and refuse to pay for their meal told them the manager was mistaken, but the detectives left anyway.