Jim Chambers put up a sign on the door of EAV Barbell Club that used an expletive to announce that police aren’t welcome there.
‘Do whatever the hell you want, correctly, except crossfit cultism. No f**king cops,’ the sign read.
Chambers, who has owned the gym for more than a year, told DailyMail.com that the cop ban has been a policy since the gym opened.
He also said that active members of the military aren’t eligible for membership.
The sign drew attention after a military veteran became offended when he saw it outside the gym.
A photo of the sign was also posted to the gym’s Instagram with the caption: ‘We simplified our membership policy.’
When asked why he put this particular sign up, Chambers told the DailyMail.com that he had just watched the news about a man who was shot to death by police officers in Mississippi a few days before.
Chambers was referring to Ismael Lopez who was killed last month by police who were serving a warrant for another individual in an apparent address mix-up.
He told the DailyMail.com that the sign and other signs that have been put up in the gym are a form of ‘protest against policing in America’.
Despite the backlash, Chambers says he still stands by the message it conveyed.
‘I don’t believe in reforming police. I believe in abolishing police completely,’ he said and ‘normalizing anti-police mentality’.
And he’s not the only one. Chambers said the policy stemmed from members of the gym who are uncomfortable with law enforcement, such as people of color and those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Chambers said the sign was up for about a week and he took it down two days ago, but he plans to replace it.
‘I didn’t want the other folks there to take the heat that I’m willing to take,’ Chambers said.
He said he plans to put up ‘something about Colin Kaepernick’ to show that he and the members of his gym support the quarterback’s movement.
The Atlanta Police Department said the policy wouldn’t prevent them from responding to an emergency at the gym.