Starbucks CEO to Meet With 2 Men Arrested

We apologize for the inconvenience. Staff were visible inside. The demonstrations occurred for two days and caused the closure of the store Monday afternoon. At a press conference Monday, Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he and other city officials had met with Kevin Johnson, but he said he was not impressed and more needs to be done to ensure that businesses can not engage in any discrimination. Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended his officers' actions in a statement on Facebook, saying that the officers were called to respond to a trespassing complaint and that they behaved properly and followed procedure. But the Starbucks manager at the Philadelphia coffee shop said that per their store policy they could not, since they didn't buy anything, and asked them to leave.

The man filming saw a white man leave the restroom and asked if he had made a purchase. Populations density plays a part too - it's a little easier for people to wait unnoticed inside a more crowded Starbucks in a place like New York City without paying and than it is in sparser locations where policies can be enforced more strictly.

"Starbucks coffee is anti-black!"

The next chant began, "Anti-blackness anywhere is anti-blackness everywhere!" They also want a minimum $15 an hour wage for Starbucks employees.

Last year, the company vowed to hire 10,000 refugees, drawing calls for a boycott, mostly from conservatives who said they should focus on native-born Americans and military veterans (though Starbucks started an initiative in 2013 to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses).

This comes after the NAACP called for the manager to be fired. Video footage of their arrest has since gone viral.

The protesters were stopped by police from entering the Starbucks location at the Bellevue building at Broad and Walnut streets. Other customers then chime in.

"It is important to emphasise and underscore that these officers had legal standing to make this arrest", he said. Why they so upset with me, Weston?

Protesters and activists accused the Starbucks corporation and Philadelphia police of racism.

CEO Kevin Johnson plans to institute bias training as well as implement standards on how Starbucks employees should be dealing with situations that may call for police help, reports USA Today. "Most importantly, I hope to meet personally with the two men who were arrested to offer a face-to-face apology". Do you know someone else we should interview for this story?

"This is not who we are, and it's not who we're going to be".

The two men were taken to a police station, where they were fingerprinted and photographed, their attorney Lauren Wimmer told The Washington Post on Saturday.

A man in the store yells, "They got a picture in the system now!"

Some of the signs included the hashtag #BLM for Black Lives Matter, while others read, "Coffee is black". Is there another story you'd like us to VERIFY?

Starbucks is investigating the incident, which Johnson blamed on local-store practices that often lead to asking people who are not customers to leave. "What that manager did was she put those men in danger", he told the station. "My responsibility is to look more broadly, just to ensure this never happens again", he said. His appearance coincided with protests against Starbucks in Philadelphia in support of the two arrested men, who were detained but not charged.

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