I-Team: Cafe Rio worker accused of refusing service to police speaks out

LAS VEGAS - A Cafe Rio employee apologized for what he called a misunderstanding.  A wife of a Metro Police officer said her husband and his partner were refused service at the southwest valley restaurant Saturday night. 

"What I would like to do more than anything is just to apologize to the two officers that I offended because I didn't mean to at all; at all, said Devaughn Adams.  "If I offended them in any way I want them to know that I one hundred percent sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart."

On Monday, Heather Tusko told the I-Team a Cafe Rio employee looked down, put his hands on the counter, and refused to speak to the two officers.

"He was purposely not serving them because they were in uniform," Tusko said.

Adams said that he understands why it appeared as if he refused service," but he said it was only his fifth day working, and he was flustered because his back was hurting but he did not want to complain.

He also pointed to tensions running high with police as reported across the country as another possible reason for the misunderstanding.

"With everything going on now and our generation, especially with black teenagers and cops and stuff like that, it's so easy to get a mixed message like that.  It's so easy, but me personally, I try not to socialize with stuff like that," Adams said. 

Adams says he is a 19-year-old high school graduate heading to college and he wants to keep his job. 

8 News Now tried to get Adams' side of the story on Monday but was referred to the corporate headquarters, which provided the following statement:

"We have tremendous respect for law enforcement and all emergency personnel, and we are taking this issue seriously," said Todd Smith, chief marketing officer of Cafe Rio. "Immediately upon learning of the officer’s claims, we initiated an internal investigation and have since put the employee on paid leave.  We will take further action, as appropriate, once we have the results of the investigation."

 


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