Protesters gathered at a Philadelphia Starbucks on Sunday, and plan to get together again on Monday morning, following the incident of the two black men that were arrested last week for allegedly refusing to leave the store.
The original incident happened on Thursday (April 12), when a Starbucks employee called 911 because two black men were sitting inside the café. When police arrived, they handcuffed the men and escorted them out of the shop.
Demonstrators were seen carrying megaphones and signs that said phrases like, “Too Little Too Latte,” and confronted the employees behind the register.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross made a statement saying the men hadn't purchased anything and refused to leave, which led to the arrest.
A video of the arrest went viral on Twitter and celebrities have spoken out on the situation.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Message to the @Starbucks in Philadelphia....Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right. I repeat please make this situation right!!!!!!! Once again MAKE THIS RIGHT— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) April 15, 2018
The arrest of 2 African-American men in a Philadelphia @Starbucks is deeply troubling. This event is not representative of how Starbucks operates. Kevin Johnson’s apology & actions are a good 1st step. An investigation will follow, and we should give them the time to do it.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 15, 2018
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson quickly apologized for the 911 call that was made and that the two men were arrested. He said that the company is investigating the matter, but said the store manager “never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.”
"Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store," Johnson said. "Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome — the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."