Starbucks issues apology after 2 men arrested at PA store

Starbucks issues apology after 2 men arrested at PA store

Philadelphia's authorities commissioner on Saturday resisted the arrest of 2 black men as they sat in a Starbucks coffeeshop, and said his officers had to behave after Starbucks employees informed them the pair have been trespassing.

Police departments to the other side of the United States of America have come under criticism for instances of killing black men in recent decades, which activists blame on biases from the criminal justice system.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed", Waxman said.

He said he "asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm's polices and procedures, including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees".

At least two cellphone videos captured the incident.

"They didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing", a person off-camera said. "They told the officers they were not leaving". According to her caption, their friends showed up as they were taken out of the restaurant in handcuffs.

Police are conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

The coffee chain's policy does not grant restroom access to non-paying customers, according to Ross. "This is ridiculous", one white man says to an officer in the video.

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"Why would they be asked to leave?"

Ross claimed the officers asked the men to leave when they got to the scene, but refused to. It was at that point that the men were taken into custody. Ross said police on the scene, "in an effort to quell the situation, called for a supervisor" to keep things from getting "out of hand". They also issued an apology to the men who were arrested. "There was no harm done to them". Starbucks has responded and says they're looking into the incident.

Ross recorded a statement on Facebook Live in which he explains that Starbucks employees called 911 to report a trespassing complaint.

Cellphone footage that onlookers filmed of Thursday's incident shows the two men sitting quietly at a table and talking for several minutes to police officers who have apparently been called to the store.

In statement posted on Twitter, Starbucks apologized "to the two individuals and our customers". We are reviewing our policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these type of situations never happen in any of our stores.

Users upset with what appears to be a case of racial profiling directed their outrage at the Starbucks and the Philadelphia Police, who both have official Twitter profiles. On Saturday, Starbucks offered an apology and declared they plan to review their policies going forward.

"These officers had legal standing to make this arrest. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen", Ross said. "We are focused on impartial and fair proofreading and anything less than this will not be tolerated inside this section, &rdquo".

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