Philadelphia mayor calls for inquiry of Starbucks policies after black men arrested
16 April, 2018, 11:53 | Author: Diane Mills
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Two black men had been arrested waiting for their friend at a local Starbucks for a business meeting.
Protesters brought megaphones and signs that said phrases like, "Too Little Too Latte", and confronted the employees behind the register, according to NBC Philadelphia. However, the damage has been done and people are taking action by protesting in front of the Center City Starbucks in Philly.
The woman who posted the video, Melissa DePino, tweeted: "The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything".
"What did they do", one man can be heard saying in the video.
Ross, a black man himself, alleges the police asked the men to leave "three times, but they refused", adding that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong".
Michelle Saahene witnessed the entire event, as she'd been at the Starbucks for almost an hour.
Starbucks took to Twitter to offer an apology to the "two individuals" and customers who were present, and said they were "disappointed this led to an arrest".
The black men who were arrested have since been released because of "lack of evidence" that they had committed a crime, the district attorney's office told the Associated Press.
"They didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing", another person said. "And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties". This is a Starbucks.
Regardless, protestors have gathered outside the café to demonstrate against the perceived racial bias that kicked off the incident.
Starbucks Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President Camille Hymes talking to activist Asa Khalif at a Starbucks in Philadelphia.
"This is a people rally against racism. against racial profiling", Khalif yelled through a bullhorn outside the store.
Following viral footage capturing the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks location in Philadelphia, the CEO of the Seattle-based coffeehouse, Kevin Johnson is issuing an apology. The manager wanted police assistance to remove the two men but regretted that the incident escalated into an arrest, the official said.
"The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong".
Activists are now demanding the store manager be fired.
But many remained unhappy with the chain.
The java giant has apologized to the two men, and says it plans to investigate the matter further. They never did anything remotely aggressive, " she said. "We take full responsibility and put her in a position that did not set her up for success or for those two men", said Hymes. "We as minorities have been crying for help have been pushing for social justice, but it's not going to get better until we have the majority standing up for us".
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