protesters storm starbucks store where two black men were arrested for nothing

The footage of the arrest went viral over the weekend sparking global outrage.

by Roisin Lanigan
17 April 2018, 10:36am

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Last week, at a Philadelphia Starbucks store, two black men were waiting for another friend and had yet to purchase anything when they were removed, after the store’s manager called the police. Now, after a video of the incident went viral and sparked global outrage, protesters, community groups and faith leaders have staged a sit-in at the store. The coffee chain closed for several hours, as activists chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black!” and “If we can’t get it, shut it down!”

The protesters also created a Facebook page where they listed their demands, including that the manager of the Starbucks in question and the officers who arrested the two men be fired, an official apology by Starbucks to the two men, and a demand for Starbucks “to create and publicize a new policy that expressly disallows calling the police on citizens”.

The manager is no longer working at the store, although it’s unclear whether he was relocated or sacked. Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, apologised to the two men on Good Morning America last week, and has called the incident “reprehensible”. He’s since ordered “unconscious bias” training for Starbucks staff.