Starbucks: Protesters call for boycott after black men arrested

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"The basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong", he said.

In a subsequent tweet, Johnson said, "I applaud (district attorney) Larry Krasner for declining to prosecute these young men, and I am glad that Starbucks and the PPD recognize that there needs to be an investigation".

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store", he said after the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

A lawyer for the two men, Stewart Cohen, told CBS news that the incident was a clear case of racial profiling.

However, Menos pointed out that Starbucks "should consider if their handling would have been different if the subjects were not black men". After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.

The CEO of Starbucks is in Philadelphia, hoping to meet with the two black men were arrested after employees of one of his stores called 911 to say the men were trespassing.

Protests were held Monday at the Starbucks by Philly for REAL Justice in the morning, and in the afternoon by POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild). "We will hit them where it hurts and that's in their pockets", Abdul-Ali Muhammad of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative said. On the other hand, the men were only arrested when they refused to leave, after being asked by police three times. The manager called police, who arrested them ... as the third man arrived at the restaurant.

The men were accused of trespassing but have said they were waiting for a friend before ordering.

"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong", Ross said.

"Why would they be asked to leave?" "Does anybody else think this is ridiculous?" he asks people nearby.

A woman can be heard in the video saying "they didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing".

Charles Connelly is a regular customer at Starbucks in Erie, and says this incident is not a reflection on the entire company, "But obviously in this case, it was racism, let's cut the crap here, it was racism". That, I know. And so it's my responsibility to ensure that we review everything. "And that is what we're focused on".

Yesterday, comedian Kevin Hart went to Twitter to single out the coffee franchise but did not call for a boycott. There are situations where it's appropriate to call the police, situations where there are threats or disruptions in our store. Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now.

Johnson had already posted apologies on the company's website. A company spokesperson said Starbucks does not have a broad policy prohibiting people from using restrooms or sitting inside for free, allowing individual stores to set their own rules.

Johnson said he met with the Starbucks CEO and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, but he was "not sold" on the actions Starbucks said it planned to take.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson responded to public outcry over the arrest of two black men on Saturday from a Philadelphia branch of the coffee shop, calling the incident "reprehensible". "They spoke up and they challenged the police and they filmed".

As news of the disgraceful incident continued to spread, Johnson appeared on Good Morning America on Monday morning to reiterate the sentiments expressed in his official statement on the situation, in which he offered his "deepest apologies" to the two men on behalf of the company. About 75 people and at least two dozen uniformed officers attended the noon protest, organized by Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif.

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