Police Chief Lifts Denny's Ban After Stir Over Officers' Guns

Chief imposed the Denny's ban after detectives were told they couldn't have their guns inside the restaurant

Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 9:31 AM CDT
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Police Chief Lifts Denny's Ban After Stir Over Officers' Guns

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The police chief in Belleville says his officers will no longer be banned from dining at Denny's after a meeting between the chief and an executive with the restaurant.

Police Chief William Clay imposed the Denny's ban after several detectives were told they couldn't have their guns inside the restaurant in Belleville. But Clay lifted that ban after he talked yesterday with Denny's operations director Van Catchings.

Police Capt. Donald Sax says the plain-clothed detectives had badges on their belts or around their necks while dining at the restaurant Tuesday, but a Denny's manager told them to take their guns to their cars. The request came after a diner saw an officer was armed and complained.

Sax says Catchings apologized and said the manager's request was inconsistent with Denny's corporate policy, which welcomes any law enforcement officers to carry their weapon.

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