- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Texas barbecue restaurant says it has fired the employees responsible for playing a famous anti-police rap song as officers dined Monday.

Deputy Shane Cates wrote in a Facebook post that he and another law enforcement officer were eating at Going’s BBQ in Crosby when kitchen workers blared N.W.A.’s hit song “F— tha Police,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

“I was completely shocked and thought surely no one was doing that as a dig on cops,” Deputy Cates reportedly wrote in his post. “The guy washing dishes was singing the song and pointing out toward the eating area. He turned and noticed me standing there and started laughing.”

Deputy Cates said he spoke with the restaurant manager and was treated rudely. He later deleted his original post and published a new one, after speaking with the restaurant’s owners and realizing that the manager’s language barrier had led to his misunderstanding.

Two workers, including the dishwasher, were fired for their involvement in playing the song, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

The restaurant issued an apology on its Facebook page and announced plans for an event to give free meals to police officers.

“First and foremost, we as a company would like to express our most sincere apologies to all of the parties that have been affected,” the statement read. “It is unfortunate this event is a result of a language barrier but, we would like to reiterate our support towards the law enforcement community. In efforts to show our support we will be holding an event at our Crosby and Baytown locations to treat our officers to a free meal. We hope that the image that we established over the last few decades will continue to reflect our stance as respectable business owners and members within the community.”

Deputy Cates said he appreciated the restaurant’s apology.

“The owners have gone above and beyond trying to make sure we know they do not support the behavior that was demonstrated that day and they want the chance to regain our support,” he wrote on Facebook. “I have been assured that the people responsible for the bad actions have been removed.”


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