Gym owner makes no apologies for 'No Cops' sign

Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 12:46 PM MDT
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Police officers and active military are not welcome at an Atlanta gym.

WXIA-TV reported that the sign was posted on the front door of EAV Barbell Club, alerting people to the "no police" policy.

Owner Jim Chambers took it down, citing complaints over the vulgarity. But not the message.

Chambers says groups who workout there are generally minorities who are uncomfortable with the presence of law enforcement agents. He adds he's had an explicitly stated 'no cop' policy since opening, which also applies to active members of the military.

"American police is just an entity that, they serve capitalism and they serve white supremacy and that's the way we see that,” Chambers said. “We felt that it was important to create zones, like businesses, official, operating establishing business, homes, recreation centers where cops are explicitly not welcome."

The police department states the policy won't stop officers from doing their jobs.