At least two people who were present defended the two men who were questioned as to why they were being arrested and handcuffed in a video of the incident that is widely circulating.
“This is ridiculous,” one white man said to a police officer in the video. “What did they get called for? Because there were two black guys sitting here meeting me? What did they do?”
Another woman can be heard saying “They didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”
The video shows at least five police officers were present during the arrest.
The men have not been named by the police, and the pair’s attorney, Lauren A. Wimmer, has also declined to name them “at this time.”
According to Wimmer, the two men went to the Starbucks to meet Andrew Yaffe, in the video the white man who can be seen the police officers.
Yaffe could not immediately be reached for comment, but Wimmer explains he is a friend of the two men.
He owns a real estate development, investment, and management firm, and the men were meeting with him “to discuss potential residential and commercial real estate opportunities in Philadelphia,” she said.
While they were waiting for Yaffe, the two men didn’t order immediately upon arriving.
As they were waiting for him, “a white female manager who was on duty at the time” asked them to leave, Wimmer states.
Wimmer explains, she phoned the police after they said they were just waiting for another person to arrive before they ordered.
“How many times have we sat in Starbucks minding our own business, waiting for a friend to come, and then we order?” Wimmer aks.
Once Yaffe arrived and discovered the two men were being arrested, he called Wimmer, whom he is also friends with, she said.
The two men were arrested around 5:30 p.m. and were fingerprinted and photographed by police.
Both men were arrested for “defiant trespassing” Wimmer was informed by the police.
The two men were released around 2:00 a.m. on Friday as the District Attorney did not approve the charges.
“Two young black men, who were simply waiting to be joined by a friend, were blatantly discriminated against based on their race,” Wimmer tweets “Not only is this inexcusable, it’s illegal.”
“You can see in the video their disposition,” Wimmer explains. “It’s as if they’re both thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is actually happening.‘”
“This was a highly traumatizing experience for both of them, and hopefully they’ll be able to recover,” she said.
The Starbucks manager who reportedly called the police has not been identified, and the person who posted the video on Twitter could also not immediately be reached.
Ross said that the two men had sat down at a table in the Starbucks and, before ordering anything, went to use the restroom.
“Starbucks said that according to their company policy, they do not allow nonpaying members of the public to come in and use the restroom,” explains Ross.
Police asked the men to leave the Starbucks three times, when they refused to do so they were arrested.
The “police had legal standing to make this arrest,” Ross said. “In short, these officers did absolutely nothing wrong.”
Ross, who is also black, denied that the arrests were any way racist in nature.
“I will say that as an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias,” he said. “We are committed to fair, unbiased policing, and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department.“
Starbucks takes “these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.” “We are reviewing our 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.” the company said.
Kenny said in a statement “I am heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident that — at least based on what we know at this point — appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”
The city’s Commission on Human Relations was to examine Starbucks’ policies and procedures, including the “extent of, or need for implicit bias training” among the company’s employees.
“Like all retail establishments in our city, Starbucks should be a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter the color of their skin,” states Kenney.
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued a response apologizing for the incident in a public letter, and promising a “thorough investigation of our practices.“
Johnson wrote in a public letter “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome—the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong, our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”
Johnson states he would travel to Philadelphia “in the coming days” to speak with Starbucks partners, law enforcement, and community leaders.
While also adding that he hoped to meet the two men who were arrested in person and apologize.
Take a look at the video footage below of the incident recorded in Starbucks.
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