American Scene: Chick-fil-A at work puts Dallas cop in coop

TEXAS

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department has transferred a sergeant who brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich to work last week, an act that reportedly led to an argument with two lesbian officers, a Dallas TV station reported Wednesday.

After the sergeant brought the sandwich to work on Aug. 1, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, comments were exchanged between him and two officers who are lesbians, reported station KTVT Channel 11, a CBS affiliate.

Chick-Fil-A recently came under fire after the company CEO said he backed the traditional understanding of marriage.

While it is unclear who started the argument and police have launched an investigation into the matter, the Dallas Police Association decried the transfer as effectively taking sides before the investigation.

The association said that before the internal investigation concluded, the sergeant was moved to a midnight shift at the Lew Sterret Justice Center, which the association views as punishment. KTVT did not provide any of the officers’ names.

A department spokesperson told KTVT that the issue is not whether the sergeant brought the sandwich into the substation, but whether inappropriate comments were exchanged between him and the two female officers. The association, which represents all three of the officers, said they are getting two versions of the story.

GEORGIA

New swine-flu strain sees more than 150 cases

ATLANTA — Don’t pet the pigs.

That’s the message state and county fair visitors got Thursday from health officials who reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs.

This flu has mild symptoms and it’s not really spreading from person to person.

“This is not a pandemic situation,” said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But any flu can be a risk for some people, and people should be cautious when they can, he added.

The case count jumped from 29 a week ago to 158 this week, thanks to a wave of new cases in Indiana and Ohio, said Dr. Bresee, the agency’s chief of influenza epidemiology.

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