(National Sentinel) Alt-Left: A coffee shop in California is defending its decision amid a firestorm of criticism to refuse service to police officers, claiming the decision is based on public safety.

Hasta Muerte Coffee owners refused service to a Latino police sergeant March 8, KTVU reported, and will continue to do so because they say police threaten their “physical and emotional safety.”

As reported by The Daily Caller:

The shop is a worker-owned collective with a mural criticizing police shootings and the militarization of law enforcement. Oakland’s police union wrote a letter to the owners, complaining about the measure. A local city councilman said while he disagrees with the policy, there aren’t any plans to stop it.

“We know in our experience working on campaigns against police brutality that we are not alone saying that police presence compromises our feelings of physical & emotional safety,” Hasta Muerte Coffee posted on its Instagram page.

“The facts are that poc [people of color], women and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans and houseless folks.

“For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police,” the post added.

Officers were disappointed but would respect their policy, Oakland Police Department replied, according to the New York Daily News.

However, other Oakland residents were not as understanding.

“I don’t think it’s fair — they should [serve cops],” Oakland resident Mildred Jelks told KTVU. “They’re protecting them. If somebody breaks in there, who are they gonna call? The police.”

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