Starbucks CEO Hopes to Meet With Black Men Arrested in Philadelphia Shop

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"Most importantly, I hope to meet personally with the two men who were arrested to offer a face-to-face apology", Johnson said.

The CEO of Starbucks met with the mayor and police commissioner of Philadelphia on Monday as the manager of the Rittenhouse Square shop no longer works for the store following the controversial arrests of two black men.

Two black men walked into a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon and sat down.

Protests are planned at a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested after store employees called 911 to say they were trespassing. Another patron could be heard attesting that the men had not done anything and that it was unclear why the police were called.

Video of Thursday's incident showed other patrons telling officers the pair were doing nothing wrong and appeared to have been targeted merely due to their race. For instance, we - unconscious bias training is critical and top of our list, one of the things that we want to make sure happens in this situation.

Starbucks "stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling", Chief executive Kevin Johnson said in a statement.




More than two dozen protesters crowded the store and chanted "Starbucks coffee is anti-black".

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, prompted by the outrage and protests, has called on his city's human relations commission to investigate further into the incident.

Police said they were called after the men refused to leave.

The two men were reportedly waiting on another man to arrive for a meeting. You know, good companies acknowledge their mistakes, and learn from them and then make the necessary changes to become a better company.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible... they were wrong", Mr Johnson told ABC News on Monday morning. They were released eight hours after their arrest. She denied that she had given the white man the code and she told the young man to leave the store because it is a "private business". "That didn't happen in this case". Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended his officers' actions in a statement on Facebook, saying that the officers were called to respond to a trespassing complaint and that they behaved properly and followed procedure.

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