Restaurant apologizes after refusing to serve officer with gun

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A Tulsa, Oklahoma, restaurant is apologizing after a reserve officer said he was refused service there.

According to KOKI-TV, Brian Radford of the Mounds Police Department shared his story on Facebook, saying Redrock Canyon Grill staffers told him he could not be served while he had his service weapon.

Radford was wearing a Mounds polo shirt and his police belt at the time. His gun was on his belt. The polo shirt is the uniform of the Mounds Police Department.

Redrock Canyon Grill said the server was a manager in training who was not aware that the restaurant's no-weapons policy does allow officers to carry their weapon while in uniform. The manager said the restaurant's owner apologized after they realized Radford was an officer.

Mounds police released a statement saying the restaurant's corporate office offered the department and reserve officer their apologies for the incident. The department called the incident a misunderstanding.

"Turns out in contacting corporate offices for the Redrock Canyon Grill, they have a specific policy that says police officers are encouraged to be there, and more than welcome to be there, and they can be there armed," Mounds Assistant Police Chief Craig Murray told KRMG.

Representatives from the restaurant said they will continue to follow that policy, welcoming and appreciating all police officers.
KRMG reporter Russell Mills contributed to this report.