Starbucks, Police, Philly Mayor Respond To Arrest Of Two Black Men Starbucks

A file image of the Starbucks logo in 2011. istock

A file image of the Starbucks logo in 2011. istock

Protesters targeted a Philadelphia Starbucks on Monday after two black men were arrested last week when a store employee called police to say the men were trespassing.

"Why would they be asked to leave?"

While Starbucks scrambles to rebuild trust with its patrons at it's Philadelphia location following the arrest of two black men, a new storm appears to be brewing at another.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the manager in question has left the company as it continues its investigation into the situation. It's unclearwhen Johnson will meet with the men. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the arrests a "reprehensible outcome". Other customers can be heard asking "what did they do", and questioning why the men were being arrested. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.

Johnson said he appreciated "the transparency and the spirit with which" Starbucks and the city of Philadelphia are "working together". You know, good companies acknowledge their mistakes, and learn from them and then make the necessary changes to become a better company. He did not mention the person who said he was meeting with the men.

The two men who were arrested are reportedly both real estate brokers and were held in jail for a number of hours on Thursday before being released at 1:30 a.m.

Johnson pledged more training for store managers on company guidelines and unconscious bias. She wrote: "The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything".

Police officers detain a man inside a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in this picture grab obtained from social media video. T.I. told TMZ as he was leaving LAX on April 15.

"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong", Ross said. "If a business calls and they say 'Someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, ' they (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties", he said.

Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table.

Starbucks also addressed the incident on Saturday, apologizing to the two men and promising to review its policies to "ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores".

The two men in the video were not identified but were released from the district office due to lack of evidence.

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