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Taco Betty’s manager no longer employed after engaging with protesters

ROCKFORD — The Taco Betty’s manager who engaged in a heated exchange with protesters Friday is no longer employed there, the eatery announced on its Facebook Saturday afternoon.

The events unfolded just after 6 p.m., when Dann Schallenberger exited the restaurant and began having words with the crowd. After several minutes, police ordered demonstrators to stop blocking the sidewalk and a person grabbed Schallenberger by the shirt, instructing him to go back inside.

Later in the night, Schallenberger, driving a silver Toyota Prius, turned onto East State from Madison Street and stopped in the roadway, pointing and engaging protesters there. Police eventually arrived and instructed him to move along.

“We would like to start this statement by informing the public that the employee involved in yesterdays incident is no longer employed by Taco Betty’s,” the restaurant posted. “His actions yesterday do not represent the staff or restaurant. Collectively we are shocked and deeply saddened by his actions. We would like to ask the public to please remember that he does not represent the opinions of staff as a whole.
We support everyone’s right to protest peacefully and want to make it clear that we welcome everyone regardless of race, sex, gender, or political affiliation. We do not claim to have all the answers, or any answers at all- but as a business, and most importantly members of this community, we want to be active in the conversation surrounding finding solutions.”

Whether Schallenberger said anything degrogat groups is not known, however, he was heard saying he was a libertarian.

Taco Betty’s said it will be making a contribution to the Winnebago Bond Project and is working on how to get a water station set up for Friday nights.

“As a staff we will be actively talking about and implementing ways to be a more inclusive, inviting, and socially aware,” the post continued. “We welcome all of your feedback, and want to be clear that we are committed to being active allies.”

A total of seven people, inducing a 13-year-old girl, were arrested downtown Friday night. Charges filed against them include mob action, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. No injuries were reported.



Posted by Rockford Advocate on Friday, August 28, 2020

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