A man who worked at Dunkin' was arrested after an Illinois state police officer found "large, thick piece of mucus" in his coffee.
"This is outrageous and disgusting," Illinois State Police director Brendan Kelly said in a statement. "The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day. They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment. For their safety, ISP officers and employees will be prohibited from patronizing this location."
The incident took place last Thursday after an Illinois State Police District Chicago trooper paid for a cup of black coffee and took off the lid to make it cooler. According to the Illinois State Police, he said he saw "a large, thick piece of mucus, which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it."
Former Dunkin' Vincent J. Sessler, 25, was arrested in connection with the incident. He was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery of a peace officer. He has also been fired from his job at Dunkin'.
"The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand's values," Dunkin' said in a statement. "The franchise owner who independently owns and operates this restaurant informs us that he took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior. Dunkin' has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience."
Similar anti-police incidents have occurred in recent months since protests against police brutality began springing up around the country. The uprisings have been a response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on his neck.
A former Starbucks employee in New Jersey was charged for allegedly spitting in a police officer's cup of coffee.
"It's just unnerving that we could go into a place, try to grab a cup of coffee, and have to deal with that when we're trying to, you know, just grab a break," Park Ridge Police Department Lt. James Babcock said when the New Jersey incident occurred.
Babcock added, "So a lot of our guys are obviously upset, rightfully so. But, we are, you know, we have to, you know, fight through this. We have to be strong. And we have to still serve our community."
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