A social media campaign has been launched, encouraging people to boycott Starbucks after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia branch of the coffee chain while waiting for their friend to arrive.
The two black men were waiting for a third person for a business meeting, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, when a store employee said they were trespassing and called the local authorities. When the friend the pair were waiting on come in, he too asked to which the officers responded by saying "trespassing".
The officers then asked the males on three different occasions "politely to leave the location because they were asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing".
According to Ross' explanation, the two men, who have only been identified thus far as area realtors, had not made a purchase but asked to use the coffee shop's bathroom. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. They did a service that they were called to do", said Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
First, to once again express our deepest apologies to the two men who were arrested with a goal of doing whatever we can to make things right. "Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome - the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong".
Thursday's incident is a dramatic turn for a company that has positioned itself as a progressive corporate leader that touts "diversity and inclusion" - efforts that have also drawn its share of criticism.
Other Starbucks customers say they didn't witness the men causing any trouble. Most importantly, I hope to meet personally with the two men who were arrested to offer a face-to-face apology.
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After authorities arrived, Ross stated that they requested the men to depart times but they refused. Yaffe asks in the video.
Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown Philadelphia establishment on Thursday. These guys never raised their voices. At least 140 people have already indicated they will attend and more than 700 have shown interest.
Kenney said he's "heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident like that", which he says "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018". "Like all retail establishments in our city, Starbucks should be a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter the color of their skin".
"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 and they did just that'.
Johnson said police never should have been called and that the company was immediately beginning a review of its policies.
But he said the men "did absolutely nothing wrong".
Ross, a black man, said he was aware of issues of implicit bias - unconscious discrimination based on race - but did not say whether he believed it applied in this case. If you are reading this story on another publication, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of U.S. & worldwide trademark and copyright law.
"We want them to know about the atrocities that were, in fact, committed by policing around the world", Ross said.