Kevin Hart to Philly Starbucks: "Make this right"

Kevin Hart to Philly Starbucks:

Kevin Hart to Philly Starbucks: "Make this right"

Police officials said they were not allowed to use the restroom because they did not buy anything, and a store manager called Philadelphia police after the men refused to leave. At a press conference Monday, Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he and other city officials had met with Kevin Johnson, but he said he was not impressed and more needs to be done to ensure that businesses can not engage in any discrimination. I am still not convinced that the men had to be arrested to solve the matter.

"If they're targeting people and just using the rule as a scapegoat they're still in trouble", he says. "What happened and the way it escalated and the outcome is nothing but reprehensible". "In this case, none of that occurred".

"That ambiguity was part of what caused the problem, the ambiguity about when and whether to call the police. This situation had none of that and these two gentlemen did not deserve what unfolded".

Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks' chief operating officer, talked about the company's call for unconscious bias training for store managers in a morning interview with NPR and called the incident a "teachable moment for all of us".

CEO Kevin Johnson apologized and traveled to Philadelphia where he plans to meet the two men. "Unless someone comes forward with something more than I know now, it doesn't appear that they did anything wrong at all". Wedbush reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $70.00 target price on shares of Starbucks in a report on Monday, January 22nd.

Protester Shani Robin told NBC News that the demonstrators want the manager who called police and the arresting officers fired. "That's our goal", said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective. "They weren't protesting, they weren't angry".

The woman who identified herself as the store manager told Ward he could not film them and that he was not welcome at the Starbucks location.

A longer video of the episode shows police talking with the men for at least four minutes before a white man, Andrew Yaffe, joins them. "There's nothing more to the story, than what you see in the video", said DePino.

"You can't do any less threatening as a black person than hanging out at Starbucks", Tyler said.

In a statement, the Police Advisory Commission concurred: "It seems that the men who were ultimately arrested in this incident may not have been legally justified to be in Starbucks once they refused to make a purchase and did not leave when asked by both the store management and police". No charges were filed, authorities said.

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"Starbucks coffee is anti-black!"

Separate investigations into the episode are underway by the mayor's office and the Philadelphia Police Department.

Starbucks CEO Johnson said the company planned to "investigate the pertinent facts and make any necessary changes to our practices that would help prevent such an occurrence from ever happening again".

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has said previously his officers did nothing wrong and performed only "a service that they were called to do".

"It would be easy for us to say that this was a one-employee situation, but I have to tell you, it's time for us to, myself included, take personal responsibility here and do the best that we can to make sure we do everything we can", Brewer told NPR. An employee said Starbucks company policy was to refuse the use of the bathrooms to non-customers and asked the men to leave, according to Ross.

"Many instances people usually leave before we get there". In this case that was not the issue.

In January, a black man alleged that he had been racially profiled at an Old Navy store in West Des Moines, Iowa, when he was asked to prove he had previously purchased an Old Navy jacket he was wearing.

She said there were about seven cops present for the arrest. "There are laws on the books that we have to follow".

"What we know is that black men in this city and nationwide experience disproportionate contact with the police and the criminal justice system", he wrote.

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