Mount Pleasant, SC – Update 4/15/2016 1:20pm - Chief Carl Ritchie and Deputy Chief Stan Gragg met with the management of Publix and their employee this morning. We also spoke to the officer that was involved. With all of the information gathered, we feel that this was a case of miscommunication that created a misunderstanding. We do not believe there was any malicious intent on the part of Publix or their employee. Our officer was provided service by another employee before he left the store. We appreciate the strong partnership we have with Publix and consider this matter closed.
We are aware of an incident involving our officer and the claim that he was refused service at Publix. Due to the seriousness of the allegation, our Chief and Deputy Chief met with the management of Publix and believe that the initial information put out via social media is inaccurate. We will release more information regarding this incident as we look into the matter.