Starbucks CEO Apologizes After Arrest of Two Black Men

by Ben Pena April 27, 2018, 5:12
Starbucks CEO Apologizes After Arrest of Two Black Men

Local reports said that the manager of the store had been let go Monday, as protests in the coffee shop where the arrests occurred continued, with demonstrators holding signs and chanting slogans such as "Starbucks coffee is anti-black".

Video of Thursday's incident showed other patrons telling officers the pair were doing nothing wrong and appeared to have been targeted merely due to their race. No matter how honest the coffee company may be, people are still urging others to boycott Starbucks and T.I. is just one of many who is for it.

Johnson added that the incident called for "more training that we're going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias". "That's our goal", said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney has also ordered a city commission to review Starbucks' policies "including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees".

Both men allegedly refused to leave after being asked.

The man, identified as Brandon Ward, claims he was denied the code to use the bathroom because he hadn't made a purchase yet. 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.

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Speaking to TMZ, T.I. urged people not to patronize the famous coffee brand after footage showed two men being arrested despite claiming they did nothing wrong. He hopes to have a face-to-face meeting with the men so he can apologize in person, the CEO said.

Kevin Johnson tells ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday he will meet with the mayor, police and hopefully the men who were arrested Thursday and later released.

She said employees are told to keep the policy the same for everyone that comes through the store which, "We do really well in this store".

Johnson said Starbucks will train their partners to "better know when police assistance is warranted".

"None of the White customers were asked to leave, and they were there a lot longer than those two young men who were there for just a few minutes".

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

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