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Starbucks Manager Was Let Go After Calling Police On Two Black Men

17 April 2018, 06:48 | Melanie Burgess

Starbucks Manager Was Let Go After Calling Police On Two Black Men

Starbucks arrest in Philadelphia

Protests have broken out in response to a viral video of two black men being arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. He was accompanied by Roz Brewer, the company's president and chief operating officer, a spokeswoman said.

Tyler said the incident "demonstrates that if you're black there's nobody that's safe". You can't do anything less threatening as a black person than hanging out at Starbucks.

Some of the signs included the hashtag #BLM for Black Lives Matter, while others read, "Coffee is black".

Their attorney, Cohen, says the two men are willing to meet with him.

The Philadelphia Inquirer identified the white man as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe. But by the time Yaffe arrived, the manager had called 911 and the two men were surrounded by seven police officers, who led them away in handcuffs.

Protesters at Pennsylvania flew to different Starbucks spots in the Center City of Philadelphia to carry on protesting that the arrests of two men atone of their series's locations weekly.

The footage has now been viewed more than ten million times leading to demonstrations over the weekend and on Monday, protesters attempted to boycott the café. "Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome - the basis for the call to the Philadelphia Police Department was wrong".

The manager called the police, who arrested the men after they refused to leave. But "it was completely inappropriate to engage the police", in this particular situation, he said, noting that employees will now have more training, particularly against unconscious bias.

"When I walk in and don't order anything and I'm dressed like this, no manager is calling the police on me", Cohen stated to correspondent for CBS News, Michelle Miller.

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Starbucks should look for appropriate short-term and long-term solutions to address this situation with a goal of preventing future ones, says Eric Dezenhall, co-founder and CEO of Washington crisis-management firm Dezenhall Resources. The protest forced the store to shut down for the busy morning rush.

A meeting with Starbucks leadership to discuss the coffee company's role in gentrification and perpetuating racism, policies regarding customers and investment in black-owned franchises in African American communities.

"These are two black people who just wanted to be in the world", said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, of the Black and Brown Workers Collective. They claim they were there for a business meeting, and were waiting for someone.

The incident happened back on January 23, but Ward posted the video to his Facebook on Saturday.

Philadelphia's elected officials joined in the outcry in critical written statements. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson was also a part of the talks. Bob Casey, D-Pa., was "very concerned".

"Starbucks is an example and an indicator of what is happening all across the city of Philadelphia and across the country, frankly" said Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym.

Philadelphia residents who typically look for their morning coffee were not able to get it Monday morning as protesters disrupted a work day at the Starbucks located at 18th and Spruce streets, where the two men were arrested on Thursday.

"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong", he added.

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