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Philadelphia police chief defends officers in Starbucks arrests

16 Апреля 2018

The incident caught on video also brought criticism from the mayor of Philadelphia, which has the nickname, City of Brotherly Love.

"Starbucks has issued an apology, but that is not enough", he said in a statement.

Starbucks said such a review was already underway.

Police are conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

Wimmer said she spent a good portion of her time in law school in Starbucks without buying much and never had a problem as a white female.

The men were accused of trespassing but have said they were waiting for a friend before ordering.

"I wanted to get coffee for two black guys sitting and meeting with me", he says. He also says he hopes to meet the two men personally to offer a face-to-face apology.

The profiling resulted in the two men being arrested and taken out of the establishment in handcuffs.

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The first is a 20-something, bearded black man wearing navy sweatpants, white sneakers and an unzipped grey jacket.

The incident is said to have started after one of the men sought to use the bathroom having not ordered. "What did they do wrong?"

"These men were discriminated against and unjustly detained".

"We are reviewing out policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores".

Starbucks issued an apology on Saturday: "We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest".

"I know our store managers and partners work hard to exceed our customers' expectations every day - which makes this very poor reflection on our company all the more painful", he said. Starbucks' CEO is apologizing, but many are still calling on the company to change its policies. "We as minorities have been crying for help have been pushing for social justice, but it's not going to get better until we have the majority standing up for us".

There will be a company-wide meeting next week to share our learnings.

"Two young black men, who were simply waiting to be joined by a friend, were blatantly discriminated against based on their race", she wrote.

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Still, he said officers had acted appropriately and according to police protocol.

"When the police arrived they were met by Starbucks employees who said that two males were trespassing and had refused to leave the establishment", he said. He said they came in to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything. "We are committed to fair and unbiased policing".

The men's lawyer said they waited for less than 15 minutes and did nothing wrong. "You're only a $45,000 a year employee", Ross stated in the video.

He called it "disheartening" and said that it led to a "reprehensible" outcome.

Ross, a black man, defended the actions of the officers in a Facebook Live video on Saturday, saying the officers asked the men three times to leave. "They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do".

The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn't want to press charges.

"I will say that as an African American man, I am very aware of implicit bias", Commissioner Richard Ross said.

"Six or seven of us went outside and were asking the police officers why are they doing this".

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Philadelphia police chief defends officers in Starbucks arrests