Things are currently getting heated in “The Divine City” between the police and the populace. Just one month after a police officer in uniform was allegedly denied service at an Arby’s, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee serving an officer last Friday wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on his coffee cup.

Politics aside, denying a cop a roast beef sandwich is one thing—but messing with a police man’s coffee and donuts? That is some incendiary shit. And the union wasted no time in addressing it, calling the gesture “unacceptable and discouraging.”

Now, we should point out that the common perception of Providence is that it’s a pretty white place, and for good reason:

PROVIDENCE -- NBC Series -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike Farrell as Jim Hansen, Paula Cale as Joanie Hansen, Melina Kanakaredes as Dr. Sydney Hansen, Seth Peterson as Robbie Hansen, Concetta Tomei as Lunda Hansen -- NBC Photo: Art Streiber

But whites make up just a little less than 50% of the population, according to the 2010 Census, with African Americans comprising 16% and Hispanics 38%. And those African American and Hispanics in Providence are not always thrilled with how the police department treats them.

Whether or not the two officers in question did anything to perpetuate a racist attitude to the employee in question (whom they claim was “immediately rude” to the officer), the union probably did itself no favors by releasing a statement saying:

“The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards Police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities.”

Providence Policeman William O’Donnell, who first posted the photo of the cup, had an even more drastic suggestion: to boycott Dunkin’ Donuts altogether. “Go to Starbucks,” he said. Maybe he can help reboot that “Race Together” initiative that went so incredibly well.


[via Eater]