- 16 Apr 18
The arrest of two black men sitting innocently in a Starbucks has prompted protests and calls to boycott the coffee conglomerate across Philadelphia and the US.
On Thursday, a manager in a Starbucks in Philadelphia reportedly called the local police because two men were sitting inside the chain without having purchased anything. The two men were removed from the premises by police, which prompted an apology from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. A furore ensued as white people said that they had often done the same thing without anyone asking them to leave.
In a video shared on Twitter, several uniformed police officers question the two men, who it later transpired were real estate developers waiting to meet an investor. The men are arrested after refusing to leave, but offer no resistance to the arrest.
I just heard they were released at 130am last night. They are real estate brokers and were at Starbucks to meet their family friend. That’s all I have for now.