Newton police responds to viral Taco Bell photo

This photo was distributed on social media Saturday.
This photo was distributed on social media Saturday.

The Newton Police Department has responded to a photo that depicted a derogatory term written on a fast-food order for one of its officers.

“The photo has gone viral causing strong emotions to be voiced in opposition to one of our local businesses,” the police department wrote in a statement on its Facebook page. “We do not support this sentiment.”

A worker at the Taco Bell at 1403 N. Main in Newton wrote “PIG” on the taco wrappers for a Newton police officer and his fiancee Saturday night.

“The store manager is terribly apologetic of the actions of her employee and assures us the situation is being handled appropriately,” the statement said.

The Facebook post said the photo was not distributed to social media by the officer.

“We understand the incident was the action of an individual, and do not hold ill will to Taco Bell or any of its employees, even the individual who wrote the message,” the statement continued.

The police department said it will work with Taco Bell to host a community event in the near future.

“We look forward to a long partnership with this local business, and sincerely hope this negative experience can be a catalyst for positive change.”

Reach Daniel Salazar at 316-269-6791 or dsalazar@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @imdanielsalazar.