United States: Starbucks blamed after arrest of two blacks

United States: Starbucks blamed after arrest of two blacks

The company’s CEO apologized for the outrage caused by a social media video showing two blacks arrested by police at a Philadelphia café while waiting for a friend. According to the police, they did not order anything.
The video of the incident was posted Thursday on social networks. Filmed by a client of a Starbucks from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she shows two men in black, calm, being arrested and handcuffed by several police officers. The reason? “The police were called because these men had not ordered anything,” wrote the video’s author, Melissa DePino, on Twitter. “They were waiting for a friend, who arrived while his friends were in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other whites are wondering why this has never happened to us when we do the same thing. ” According to this woman, a Starbucks employee called the police. The video shows another client, white, asking the police to release the two individuals. According to their lawyer, interviewed by the local channel CBS Philadelphia, they were waiting for the arrival of a third man for a business meeting. The police commissioner in Philadelphia, himself a black man, assured that his agents had done well. “They did what they were asked to do,” he said. at Newsweek . Richard Ross explains that the emergency number 911 was called around 16:40 Thursday by employees saying that “two men have introduced themselves” and “refuse to leave.” Still according to the commissioner, the two men would not have ordered anything, but would have asked to use the sanitary, which does not allow Starbucks, since it must have consumed to use them. The video went viral on Twitter, with 161,000 shares, and a protest was held in front of the school on Sunday. “I am deeply shocked to see Philadelphia make the headlines for an incident that, from what we know so far, appears as an example of what discrimination is in 2018,” responded Mayor Jim Kenney . The CEO of Starbucks was forced to apologize Sunday. “I apologize most sincerely to the two men who were arrested,” said Kevin Johnson in a statement. “[The company has started] a comprehensive review of its practices. Starbucks is strongly opposed to discrimination and racial profiling. “

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