2 Black Men Are Arrested for Waiting at a Starbucks

Starbucks Apologises To Black Men Wrongly Accused Of Trespassing.

 

A viral clip of two Philadelphia men arrested under curious circumstances has both Starbucks and the Philadelphia Police Department launching separate internal investigations.

Friday, a video surfaced of two black men in a Philadelphia-area Starbucks being handcuffed and escorted by armed police officers. Per CBS Philadelphia, the incident happened on Thursday.

“What did they get called for?” One onlooker asks officers and other customers.

“They didn’t do anything,” a bystander responds off-camera. “I saw the entire thing. They asked to use the bathroom, and the woman says, ‘It’s for paying customers only.’”

 

A social media campaign has been launched, encouraging people to boycott Starbucks.

The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending on Twitter on Saturday, after a video of the incident showing six officers arresting two black men in the downtown coffee shop went viral.

 

 

 

 

 

Starbucks released a statement in response to the incident.

 

 

 

However, Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Richard Ross maintains that his officers ‘did absolutely nothing wrong’ and that the men had been asked to leave three times before they were arrested.

 

Commissioner Ross released a statement regarding the incident.

“At about 4:40 police received a 911 call for a disturbance and trespass. When the police arrived they were met by Starbucks employees who said that two males were trespassing and had refused to leave the establishment,” he said.

“According to employees they had seen the two males come in, they sat down, and after being seated they decided they needed to use the restroom.

“Starbucks said that according to the company policy they do not allow non-paying people to come in and use the restroom. And so they then asked these two males to leave. These two males refused to leave and the police were called.”

 

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During the viral clip, 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 video of the incident spread quickly on social media, having amassed 4.5 million views Saturday night.

 

 

Editor: Jean-Pierre Dinnall 

 

 

 

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