Arrest at Philadelphia Starbucks Sparks Concerns of Racial Discrimination

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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson was planning to meet with the two men in Philadelphia, a Starbucks spokesperson said.

"The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong", he said.

On Good Morning America Monday, Johnson declined to say whether the manager would face discipline, declining to "point blame". According to Wimmer, whose office is not far from the Starbucks, she is friends with Yaffe, and he called her while the incident was unfolding.

"My responsibility is to look not only at that individual but to look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up, to ensure that this never happens again", he said.

Johnson said there would be more training for staff on the issue of "unconscious bias". "They did a service that they were called to do".

Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday.

"These two gentlemen did not deserve what happened, and we are accountable", he said.

Megan Malachi, one of the protest's organizers, said the unjust arrests that occurred at the store were not an isolated incident.

Starting around 6 a.m. Monday, protesters swarmed several Starbucks in Center City, marching down streets, chanting, and holding sit-ins.

He added, "I don't think the police would have killed those young men because those young men handled the situation spectacularly".

"We have the right to be free".

"Starbucks and the residents of this city should consider if their handling would have been different if the subjects were not two black men", Hans Menos, the director of the Police Advisory Commission, said in a statement.

The two unidentified men were taken out in handcuffs soon afterwards.

Protesters crowded the store that was the scene of the arrest yesterday morning. He said he's been in touch with the patrons' representatives and hopes to invite them to be part of Starbucks' institutional reforms.

A big reason I work in Starbucks as opposed to privately-owned coffee joints is because I can post up there for hours and not get the evil eye for mooching Wi-Fi without ordering shit.

Some of the signs included the hashtag #BLM for Black Lives Matter, while others read, "Coffee is black".

The men had been sitting at a table waiting for an acquaintance Thursday, but had not purchased anything.

When police arrived, two Starbucks employees told them two men had asked to use the restroom but were told they couldn't because they hadn't purchased anything. Videos of the arrest quickly went viral under the hashtag #WaitingWhileBlack, and, since that time, there has been a growing public outcry and call for action from city officials.

The men, who have not been identified, were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

Meanwhile, activists took over the shop Monday to protest the arrests.

"These officers had legal standing to make this arrest", said Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross. On the other hand, the men were only arrested when they refused to leave, after being asked by police three times.

"Most people will move just simply because we tell them the proprietor wants you to leave". We don't want you to talk at all. In this case that was not the issue. "In fact, they were really trying not to make an arrest in this case".

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