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Backlash Intensifies After Two Black Men Are Arrested At Starbucks

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Backlash Intensifies After Two Black Men Are Arrested At Starbucks

The manager of a Starbucks in Philadelphia who made national headlines after calling the police on two black men has left the company.

A Starbucks spokeswoman told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the manager has since left the job, “while there is an internal review pending.”

The store manager called the police because the two men had not ordered anything while waiting for a friend to meet them.

The following video of the incident was shared on Twitter…

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The district attorney’s office said that there was no evidence of a crime. They declined to file charges against the two men.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued an apology to the men and asked to meet with them so he can apologize in person.

On Monday, Johnson said, “I’d like to have a dialogue with them so that I can ensure that we have opportunity to really understand the situation and show some compassion and empathy for the experience they went through.”

Furthermore, Johnson pledged to implement “unconscious bias” training for store managers. He called the situation “reprehensible.”

The incident drew major backlash against the company, including local protests at the Starbucks in the video. During the protests, activists chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black” and demanded that the manager be fired.

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The Philadelphia Police Commissioner has also responded saying his officers did nothing wrong and were called there by the business.

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Credit: The Hill

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