Ever since two Black men were escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in handcuffs over what those at the cafe called “nothing,” social media sparked outrage.
It’s caused both Philadelphia police and the coffee company to do reviews of what happened. Starbucks found that their employees acted in the wrong and ackowledged there was a lack of evidence any crime was committed.
“Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling,” Starbucks' Chief Executuve Kevin R. Johnson said in a statement. “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome — the basis for the call to the Philadelphia Police Department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”
The Philly PD however, were not so apologetic.
Philedelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and were professional in their conduct toward the men.
"As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing," Ross said during a video he posted to the department's Facebook page, but then added. "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.”
Since the incident hit the media, it has been learned that the two Black men were never actually asked to leave the store by any of its employees. A witness says that one of the men also asked for the bathroom code, but were denied because they hadn't ordered anything.
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