Publicado: Lun, Abril 16, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Philadelphia mayor calls for inquiry of Starbucks policies after black men arrested

Philadelphia mayor calls for inquiry of Starbucks policies after black men arrested

Mayor Jim Kenney said Saturday he was "heartbroken" to see the city in the headlines for an incident that appears at this point "to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018".

Subsequently, voices within Starbucks suggested to me that this restaurant had been robbed at gunpoint two weeks before, and so was on heightened alert.

Mayor Kenney directed the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to review Starbucks policies and determine whether the company would benefit from training for implicit bias - unconscious discrimination based on race. Commissioner Ross and his team have promised a review of their policies moving forward with regards to response to complaints like this. He explained that a business can kick out a customer at any time for trespassing and the police were right to blindly follow through on Starbucks' request. Mial, 53, said she was "devastated" by the arrests and urged the small crowd not to the "choose the wrong enemy". In the video, he can be heard asking why the men were being taken away in such a humiliating fashion.

Moreover, coffee shops are often places for people to meet up for a conversation without ordering anything. There is an assumption that black men could never live such textured lives as to enter a space described jokingly as a white people's place.

The two black men in the video had arrived at Starbucks to meet a friend.

Another voice exclaimed, "They didn't do anything wrong". The two men stand up to be cuffed.

"We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest", the initial statement read. "They were called there for a service, and that service had to do with quelling a disturbance - a disturbance that had to do with trespassing", Ross said. "We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our store", the company said in a statement Saturday afternoon. She said white customers were "wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing".

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"We also will further train our partners to better know when police assistance is warranted".

The company will host a national meeting next week to discuss the case and what immediate next steps can be taken to "underscore our long-standing commitment to treating one another with respect and dignity".

The two men were taken to a police station, where they were fingerprinted and photographed, their attorney Lauren Wimmer told the Washington Post on Saturday. As seen in the video, a total of six officers were involved in making the arrests.

"Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did", said his statement.

Ross said officers "politely" asked the men to leave multiple times before the arrests.

Police departments across the United States have come under criticism for repeated instances of killing unarmed black men in recent years, which activists blame on racial biases in the criminal justice system. "We're done with that", an officer replies.

Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called police to say the men were trespassing. If you are accessing this piece of content on another publication, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of United States and worldwide copyright legislation. However, when they refused to do so, they were arrested "without incident". "They have become magnets for social experiences, in the broad sense of ‘social, but not in the sense that ‘Oh, I need to buy something".

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