Fighting back: Black gas station clerk’s refusal to serve white cop sparks boycott

Fighting back: Black gas station clerk’s refusal to serve white cop sparks boycott
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Police say a clerk who apparently recognized a buddy arrested in the back of a Miramar police car denied service to the officer when he tried to buy a drink at the gas station.

The fallout has included a call for a national boycott, the firing of the clerk and a corporate apology.

According to an incident report, the officer was denied service at about 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sunoco gas station, 1700 S. Douglas Road.

As the officer grabbed a cold Gatorade from the refrigerated case, the clerk told the officer, “Y’all got my boy in the back of that car outside the gas station.” He asked why his “boy” had been arrested, the report said.

The officer, who was in uniform, said he couldn’t give him further information, then walked toward the cashier’s window, where that same clerk returned to ring up customers.

The cashier’s window was closed and the officer knocked on it to get the clerk’s attention, asking to be rung up. The clerk told him no, the report said; when pressed by the officer, the clerk said: “You know why.”

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