Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Police commissioner apologizes to men arrested in Philadelphia Starbucks

Police commissioner apologizes to men arrested in Philadelphia Starbucks

Philadelphia's police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city following backlash over the language he used in a previous statement. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were taken into custody on April 12 after a manager called 911.

A mobile phone video showing police arresting and handcuffing the men went viral, triggering protests against Starbucks and calls for boycott on social media. Ross initially said "officers did absolutely nothing wrong", a comment that drew outrage from activists and stirred POWER to hold Thursday's march.

A video of the incident, filmed by an onlooker, has been viewed nearly 11 million times.

Two Black men were handcuffed and arrested at a Starbucks, setting off a national uproar after the incident was captured on video.

"The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion", said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who joined Johnson and other senior Starbucks leaders in Philadelphia to meet with community leaders and Starbucks partners.

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The store manager who called police is no longer working there, a Starbucks spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News. They were released without charges.

In this Wednesday, April 18, 2018 photo, Stewart Cohen, an attorney representing Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, said the men were illegally profiled during an interview with The Associated Press in Philadelphia.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has apologized to the two black men at the center of the controversial incident last Thursday.

In the week since, the men have met with Starbucks' apologetic CEO and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.

Starbucks has said the coffee shop where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only, but the company has no overall policy.

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"I'm happy it didn't turn out the same way", Hamilton told Reuters. For Lil Xan, he's still choosing Starbucks and it's safe to say he may have no idea of the recent events or he doesn't seem to be bothered. "Is it going to be put into action?" But it is a problem that goes beyond men with white hoods, swastika tattoos or red hats that read "Make America Great Again". "I've been African-American my entire life, and yes, I've been in situations where I've seen racism and prejudice in a variety of ways", he said.

"As soon as the officers approached us, they said we have to leave". Nelson said. "You can either be ignorant or you can show some type of sophistication and act like you have class". Though crisis communications adviser Mike Paul would have liked to see Johnson make that visit faster, he said it was ultimately the kind of human response the occasion called for.

Ross said the men were then "taken out essentially without incident" and with "no harm done to them". Do you stand up?

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Robinson said he appreciates the support the men have received, but boycotting Starbucks is not the solution. "You can and should expect more from us".

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