Philadelphia Police Chief Stands By Cops Who Arrested Black Men At Starbucks

Daniel Fowler
April 16, 2018

The two men's pro-bono lawyer Lauren Wimmer, interviewed by a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, said they were waiting for a third man to arrive for a business meeting. "It's absolute discrimination", Mr Yaffe adds.

The video was posted shortly after the incident Thursday and went viral over the weekend, drawing millions of views.

Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain's employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave. They remain seated and calmly speak with the authorities. Yaffe suggests they will go somewhere else.

"Why would they be asked to leave?" "We asked them to leave the first time". "We're done with that", an officer replies.

Clearly outraged, DePino wrote the treatment of the two men was racially unjust.

The clip was captured by bystander Melissa DePino, who then posted the video on Twitter, and a longer cut on YouTube. "These guys never raised their voices".

"Companies have gone out of their way to establish the kind of emotional bonds and product delivery that they think is going to build engagement and loyalty and, ultimately, profits", said Passikoff, of Brand Keys Inc. In the video, there appear to be open tables for any potential waiting customers. Last year, the company vowed to hire 10,000 refugees in a move that drew calls for a boycott mostly from conservatives.

He added that Starbucks is launching an investigation of its practices and intends to work with "community leaders" and outside experts to adopt changes.

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On Thursday, police were called to a Starbucks located on 18th and Spruce. But that didnt stop protesters from gathering Sunday outside the store in downtown Philadelphia where the arrests occurred. He told a Philly.com reporter he rejects Johnson's apology, saying it was "about saving face". She said white customers were "wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing".

Johnson admitted that the manager of the store in question made a mistake.

He asked Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to review the firm's policies and procedures, including if they're employees have, or need, any type of bias training.

PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks sells itself as a community gathering spot as much as a coffeehouse, a welcoming place with comfortable chairs for lingering, trendy music and Wi-Fi. On a Facebook Live video on Saturday, however, Richard Ross, the Commissioner of Police, defended the officers' action. She said it was the manager at the Starbucks who called the police, and that her clients weren't doing anything wrong.

His final tweet in the thread addressing the matter expresses that Philadelphia is "shining bright like a diamond right now".

They issued a second statement Saturday. "In fact, in an effort to quell the situation, officers called for a supervisor, so that it would not get out of hand - something that was a good decision", Ross contends. Still, the pressure will be on Starbucks to further explain why police were called to the scene at all. Mial, 53, said she was "devastated" by the arrests and urged the small crowd not to the "choose the wrong enemy".

Ross said he is aware of implicit bias and his force provides training, but he did not say whether he believed it applied in this case.

Here were two black men being confronted by six police officers, handcuffed and led away, as a white man who said they were waiting for him pleaded with police to tell him what these men had done wrong. "We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department", he said.

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