Watch: Police Chief Defends Cops Who Arrested Two Black Men For Not Ordering Fast Enough In Starbucks
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said over the weekend that the two officers behind the controversially arrest of two black men who were doing nothing in a Starbucks –shown in the video below– “did nothing wrong,” as they were simply doing their jobs when called in by the Starbucks staff.
“They did a service that they were called to do,” he said according to CNN. “And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that.”
An employee at the Starbucks called police because the two black men were sitting in the cafe and hadn’t yet ordered anything. However, according to an eyewitness account, the two men were simply waiting for one of their friends to arrive.
In statement posted on Twitter, Starbucks apologized “to the two individuals and our customers.”
“We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.,” the statement reads.
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Starbucks’ apology “is not enough.”
He said he “asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm’s polices and procedures, including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees.”
Kenney said he’s “heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident like that,” which he says “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”
“Starbucks should be a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter the color of their skin,” Kenney says.
Watch the video of the incident below:
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018