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US Protesters pack into Philadelphia Starbucks after controversial arrest, chant store is 'anti-black'

17:01  16 april  2018
17:01  16 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest

  Police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest Philadelphia's police commissioner is defending his officers' decision to arrest two black men at a Starbucks that prompted accusations of racism and an apology from the company. Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men Thursday. Commissioner Richard Ross says Starbucks employees called police to say the men were trespassing. He says they came in to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything. Ross says police asked the men to leave three times.Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown establishment on Thursday. A white man in the video is heard saying he was meeting with the men and calls the arrest "ridiculous.

The resignation comes as dozens of protesters packed the storefront where the two men were arrested . Protesters chanted “ Starbucks coffee is anti - black .” “This is what systemic white supremacy looks like," one protester said into a microphone.

During the early demonstration that forced the store to close, protesters called the mammoth coffee chain " anti - black ." " Starbucks coffee is anti - black !" "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap!" The next chant began, " Anti - blackness anywhere is anti - blackness everywhere!"

Protesters on Monday packed a Philadelphia Starbucks – the site where two black men were arrested after store employees called police to say they were trespassing, sparking a days-long controversy.

More than two dozen protesters crowded the store and chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”

“This is what systemic white supremacy looks like," one protester said into a microphone.

A Starbucks regional manager told FOX29 Philadelphia the protesters could remain in the store as long as the demonstrations remained peaceful.

Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks

  Protests follow outrage after two black men arrested at Philly Starbucks "This is a Starbucks. Since when are people asked to leave a Starbucks who are just sitting there?"Protesters gathered at a Philadelphia Starbucks on Sunday and planned to regroup again on Monday morning after two black men were arrested there last week when they allegedly refused to leave.

Protesters gathered at a Philadelphia Starbucks where the men were arrested after they reportedly refused to buy coffee or leave the store .

' Starbucks coffee is anti - black ' say chanting protesters at Philadelphia Starbucks where 2 black men were arrested . Associated Press Published 8:09 a.m. ET April 16, 2018 | Updated 11:04 a.m. ET April 16, 2018.

a group of people standing in front of a sign: Protestors demand firing of Starbucks manager after viral video of arrests © FoxNews.com Protestors demand firing of Starbucks manager after viral video of arrests “No cop zone, no cop zone, they know better,” the protesters chanted. "No good cops in a racist system."

Protesters were surrounded by uniformed and plain-clothed police officers.

Demonstrators over the weekend called for the firing of the employee who contacted the police and had the men arrested last week.

Police officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s bathroom but were detained because they hadn’t bought anything and they refused to leave.

On Sunday, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross defended the officers for detaining the two men.

“The police did not just happen upon this event, they did not just walk into Starbucks to get a coffee,” he said in a Facebook video. “They were called there, for a service, and that service had to do with quelling a disturbance, a disturbance that had to do with trespassing."

Starbucks CEO wants to meet black men arrested in cafe, apologize

  Starbucks CEO wants to meet black men arrested in cafe, apologize Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain. The men, who had not made a purchase, were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing on Thursday after a store manager called 911 and reported them. Witnesses said the men were calmly sitting in the cafe and in a widely viewed video, some patrons asked police whether they were targeted because they are black.

Related: Cafe shut down after protesters enter, chanting , ' Starbucks coffee is anti - black !' A protester holds up a sign outside a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were asked to leave.

More than two dozen protesters crowded the store and chanted “ Starbucks coffee is anti - black .” “This is what systemic white supremacy looks like,” one protester said into a microphone.

Ross said the officers “followed policy” and did what they were supposed to do. He said that his department makes sure that officers receive “implicit bias training.”

"I will say, that as an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross said. "We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department."

Kevin Johnson, the CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement Saturday he’d like to personally apologize to the men, adding the company “stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling.”

Johnson said the company's practices and training led to a "bad outcome," and the reason for the call that brought police into the shop was incorrect.

"Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did," said the statement. Johnson said videos of the arrest were "very hard to watch," and the company was investigating.

Police didn’t release the names of the men who were arrested. The two men were released after the district attorney’s office said there wasn’t sufficient evidence a crime had been committed.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Starbucks Customer Finds Hidden Camera in Bathroom .
Police say the camera had dozens of videos stored on it.The camera, which reportedly had dozens of videos on it, including some footage of people using the bathroom has since been confiscated, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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