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:   FOX News

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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.

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Starbucks , which once asked baristas to start a conversation about race with customers, faces fierce criticism after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store , sparking accusations of racial profiling over what the company’s chief executive now calls a “reprehensible” incident.

Philadelphia cops held a rally of their own Thursday night in response to a protest last week by local Black Lives Matter activists outside the home That “ pack ” he referred to is the dozen or so activists who protested last Thursday outside the Northeast Philadelphia house of Officer Ryan Pownall.

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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."

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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 did it. Is it OK to kick you out of a store? .
The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks has prompted the question of when can someone be asked to leave a business? Race is never a reason.The answer is there are a few acceptable reasons, but legally they had better be consistent, within store policy -- and race is never one of them.

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