Starbucks apologises after staff call police to arrest two black men ‘who didn’t order anything’
Starbucks has apologised to two black men arrested at a Philadelphia branch of the coffee chain in an incident that has led to accusations of racial profiling by the company and police.
Mobile phone videos captured the tense moment Thursday afternoon when at least six Philadelphia Police Department officers stood over two seated black men, asking them to leave. A man named Andrew Yaffe arrives to tell police that the two men were waiting for him. The officer says that they were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.
“Why would they be asked to leave?” Mr Yaffe says. “Does anybody else think this is ridiculous?” he asks people nearby. “It’s absolute discrimination,” Mr Yaffe adds. The two unidentified men are taken out in handcuffs soon after. They were released early on Friday with no charges filed.
Officers said they tried to reason with the men, asking them to leave on their own accord, but when they continued to refuse they were arrested.
The friend they were waiting for turned up as the two men were being led away in handcuffs, according to reports.
Melissa DePino witnessed the incident and shared a video which has since gone viral.
She said the men did “nothing wrong” and there was no need for them to be arrested.
In a tweet she wrote: “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything.
“They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing.
“All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”
Other witnesses were also heard to be asking officers “What did they do?”
Philadelphia Police chief Richard Ross said his officers did “absolutely nothing wrong”.
However Starbucks apologised, writing in a statement: “We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest.
” We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.
“We are reviewing our policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores.”
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Source : https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/starbucks-police-boycott-black-men-arrest-philadelphia-racism-a8305381.html
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