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Chipotle CEOs Steve Ells and Monty Moran have apologized after an employee at the chain’s Brooklyn Heights location reportedly greeted nine police officers with a “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture. Eagle photo by Will Hasty.

Two Chipotle chief executives have apologized to New York City police officers who were greeted by a restaurant employee making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture popular with protesters. The incident occurred at the chain’s Brooklyn Heights location.

Co-Chief Executive Officers Steve Ells and Monty Moran said in a statement Monday that the employee’s action appeared to be spontaneous. They said it happened at their Montague Street restaurant on Dec. 16 when a group of nine police officers entered. They said the officers were not refused service, but chose to leave after encountering the gesture while in line.

The executives said appropriate actions had been taken toward the crew member after the Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reviewed video footage from security cameras. They said they could not discuss what actions were taken.

 

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