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UPDATE: Belleville Police Settle Dispute With Local Denny’s

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Getty/Justin Sullivan

Getty/Justin Sullivan

BELLEVILLE, IL (KMOX) - In a follow-up to a story that caused a viral uproar yesterday, a spokesman for the Belleville Police Department says the department has settled a dispute with managers at a local Denny’s restaurant.

On New Years Day, five Belleville Police detectives were out of uniform but wearing their badges when manager David Rice asked them to either leave or put their guns in their vehicle.

Rice told the detectives that one of their weapons, a female detective’s gun, was making another patron feel uncomfortable. As the officers were leaving, without their food, a general manager walked up and corrected the manager and said it was fine for them to stay but the officers said it would be too awkward and they left.

Today, Belleville Police Captain Donald Sax said members of the department met with Van Catchings, Director of Company Operations at Denny’s, who was “sincerely apologetic for the actions taken by” the managers, calling it “inconsistent with Denny’s corporate policy which welcomes any law enforcement officer to carry their weapon while inside their restaurants.”

As a result, Belleville Police Chief Bill Clay, who yesterday called the incident a result of “political stupidness,” has lifted his order banning Belleville officers from taking meal or coffee breaks at the Belleville Denny’s.

“I have patronized Denny’s in the past and will continue to do so in the future,” Clay said in a press release. “I harbor no grudges!”

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