Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending two besieged officers saying they did nothing wrong in arresting two black men at Starbucks. His vigorous defense comes as the police department and Starbucks are facing allegations of racism. Bystanders recorded the incident on tape and it quickly went viral.
Last Thursday, two black men were meeting a white man, identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe. The men, who were not paying customers, were later arrested after a Starbucks employee called the police.
@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
“What did they get called for, because there were two black guys sitting here to meet me,” Yaffe says on the video. “What did they do? What did they do?”
The backlash from the video led Starbucks to apologize. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued a mea culpa criticizing the store’s actions.
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