A veteran Dallas police sergeant is under investigation after two lesbian officers complained that he brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich to work – and made comments they alleged were inappropriate.
The incident occurred last week on “National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” an event created to show support for the restaurant chain’s position on traditional marriage.
Sgt. Mark Johnson, a 12-year veteran of the police force is accused of placing the sandwich bag in front of the two lesbian officers and making comments they found offensive.
Exactly what was said is unclear.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Johnson told the pair he had eaten at the restaurant that day. The officers apparently felt the sergeant was trying to send them a message, the paper reported.
“I just think there’s a misunderstanding between the two over the Chick-fil-a sandwich,” said Ron Pinkston, president of the Dallas Police Association.
Pinkston’s organization is representing all three officers in the dispute.
He said Johnson was leading a “detail” report when he read a bulletin advising officers of an anti-Chick-fil-A protest scheduled two days later.
Pinkston said Johnson was just doing his job.
“The sergeant’s job is to get up in front of the detail and read bulletins,” he told Fox 4 News. “One of the bulletins that day was a bulletin about the Chick-fil-A project. It just compounded it.”
The Daily News reported that the two lesbian officers told supervisors that Johnson was looking at them as he read the announcement.
Internal Affairs has launched an investigation. Meanwhile, Johnson has been reassigned to the overnight shift at the jail.
Pinkston said told Fox 4 News that he is upset with how Johnson has been treated.
“Boom – he just got transferred overnight without even asking him his side of the story,” Pinkston said. “That’s the big issue for us – no due process.”
Asst. Chief Michael Genovesis told the Dallas Morning News that he had heard both sides of the matter and said he will let the investigation play out.
“Clearly there was some conversation between him and a couple of subordinates regarding Chick-fil-A,” he told the newspaper.