US Starbucks CEO wants to meet black men arrested in cafe, apologize

19:51  16 april  2018
19:51  16 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest

  Police chief: Officers did nothing wrong in Starbucks arrest Philadelphia's police commissioner is defending his officers' decision to arrest two black men at a Starbucks that prompted accusations of racism and an apology from the company. Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men Thursday. Commissioner Richard Ross says Starbucks employees called police to say the men were trespassing. He says they came in to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything. Ross says police asked the men to leave three times.Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown establishment on Thursday. A white man in the video is heard saying he was meeting with the men and calls the arrest "ridiculous.

A video that shows two black men being arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks has drawn national outrage and prompted an apology from the coffee giant’s top executive . Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he wants to "make things right" after the Thursday arrest .

Starbucks CEO apologizes after arrest of 2 men . In an interview Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Johnson said he hoped to meet with the two men in person to apologize face to face.

a group of people standing in front of a brick building: Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia © REUTERS/Mark Makela Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain.

The men, who had not made a purchase, were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing on Thursday after a store manager called 911 and reported them. Witnesses said the men were calmly sitting in the cafe and in a widely viewed video, some patrons asked police whether they were targeted because they are black.

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Two black men were arrested waiting at a Starbucks . Johnson vowed an investigation and a review of its customer-relations protocols, and he said he wanted to meet the two men for a face-to-face apology .

Following accusations of racial profiling, the CEO of Starbucks has promised to personally meet two men arrested at one of the coffee giant’s stores for a “face-to-face apology .” Kevin Johnson, who has been in the top job a year, apologized on Sunday after two men were reportedly escorted from a

Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., April 16, 2018. © Mark Makela/Reuters Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., April 16, 2018. Police released the men, who were not charged.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible ... they were wrong," Johnson told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, amid protests at the Philadelphia store and calls for a boycott on social media.

The incident, roughly a year after Johnson took the helm at Starbucks, comes at a time when the company is grappling with flat traffic and lackluster sales growth at its more than 14,000 US cafes. 

Johnson, who was interviewed from Philadelphia, said it was "completely inappropriate to engage the police." He said a disciplinary review was underway and added that Starbucks would conduct training to prevent unconscious bias.

Protesters pack into Philadelphia Starbucks after controversial arrest, chant store is 'anti-black'

  Protesters pack into Philadelphia Starbucks after controversial arrest, chant store is 'anti-black' Protesters on Monday packed a Philadelphia Starbucks – the site where two black men were arrested after store employees called police to say they were trespassing, sparking a days-long controversy. More than two dozen protesters crowded the store and chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.”“This is what systemic white supremacy looks like," one protester said into a microphone.A Starbucks regional manager told FOX29 Philadelphia the protesters could remain in the store as long as the demonstrations remained peaceful. © FoxNews.

The two men had gone to the Starbucks to meet Andrew Yaffe, the white man who can be seen in the video questioning the police officers , according In a statement on Twitter, Starbucks apologized to the two men , as well as customers, and said they are "disappointed this led to an arrest ."

The CEO of Starbucks issued a detailed apology over the weekend after a video that shows two black men being arrested in one of the company’s stores in Philadelphia went viral and sparked widespread outrage.

Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia © REUTERS/Mark Makela Police officers monitor activity outside as protestors demonstrate inside a Center City Starbucks, where two black men were arrested, in Philadelphia

In a "mutual" decision, the manager who reported the men to police has left the company, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Representatives from Starbucks did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for the two men could not be immediately reached.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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