Detroit vegan taco truck owner harassed after restaurant refuses to serve cops

Sep 8, 2018 at 12:26 pm
click to enlarge Detroit vegan taco truck owner harassed after restaurant refuses to serve cops

Rocky Coronado is the owner of a vegan taco and coffee truck in Southwest Detroit called Rocky's Road Brew. Coronado's truck has a unique policy in place — it doesn't serve law enforcement. That includes the Detroit Police Department, ICE, Department of Homeland Security, etc.

Unsurprisingly, that's leading to trouble. Coronado, who identifies as "a brown queer person," says several cops showed up, became confrontational when they refused to serve them, took pictures, and posted it to Facebook on a dummy account. That's leading to harassment from "All Lives Matter, 'patriots,' MAGA, & 'Christians,'" Coronado wrote, the likes of which "have been slandering, threatening, and harassing the business via Facebook."

Why won't Coronado serve law enforcement? We reached out for comment but have yet to hear back. However, it might have to do with what Border Patrol and ICE are up to these days. It's also worth noting that this comes a day after a Dallas cop shot an unarmed black man in his home after the cop entered the wrong house. These are the type of things that have led people to kneel during the national anthem.

Coronado recounted what happened on Facebook:

Yesterday, two people came by in a unmarked, black suburban with tinted windows both with bulletproof vests and badges. I do not serve law enforcement (ICE, Homeland Security, DPD, etc) so I told em I was closed to not make a tense situation more so. They then circled back around with a lady (still with bulletproof vest and badge) getting out of her vehicle asking why I didn’t serve them. Not feeling confrontational, I meekly told her that I don’t serve law enforcement. She told me she was w the humane society and that we probably have the same political ideas. That’s when I was ready to rectify the situation but she quickly became belligerent. She took her phone out and stated taking pictures (wish I woulda done the same). The customers already at the truck were harassed by her and photographed despite NOT having their consent. THATS WHEN I REFUSED HER SERVICE and asked her to leave. She posted or her male passenger posted some pics with their false account of what happened. The posts went viral and I decided to post why I do not serve law enforcement agents. Since then All Lives Matter, “Patriots,” MAGA, & “Christians” have been slandering, threatening, and harassing the business via Facebook. These people, their code switching, their hate, their ignorance shows me I’m on the right path. These people are the threat to freedom, equality, & peace in America.

As a brown queer person in America, I am well aware that my very being is a threat to Amerikkka and its lineage of genocide, fragility, and hate. My very existence is my resistance and just like my ancestors, I am resilient. So despite the hate and slander, I am well. I wanted to thank everyone for the emotional labor (these creeps cannot be reasoned with) and support. It’s super comforting and I love y’all for it. I had planned to take the day off to attend RISE in Flint (a nationwide day of environmental action) but because of the madness I’ll be doing some self care near home. So, I’ll be closed but will keep you posted on when I’ll be opened back up. With resistance and love in mind, Rocky Coronado #blacklivesmatter #refugeeswelcome #chingalamigra #nomamesguey

The #MAGA types are now trolling the review section of Coronado's FB page, but Coronado's supporters are also out with comments like, "Rocky is a kind and caring soul — and makes great tacos and coffee. Their commitment to keeping customers, employees, and neighborhood safe is admirable. If you can, check this place out!"

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