Earlier Monday, Ryan Gaydos of Fox News reported that the manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks who called police because two black men were allegedly trespassing in the store has reportedly left the company on Monday.
The resignation comes as dozens of protesters packed the storefront where the two men were arrested. Protesters chanted “Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” However, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross gave a statement on Facebook on Saturday about the incident that occurred April 12, 2018, at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets.
The video was initially posted to Twitter by witness Melissa DePino on Thursday. In the video, two black males could be seen being calmly arrested at Spruce and South 18th streets.
DePino posted, “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”
She later followed up with a tweet which said, “Ever since I posted this, I’ve had white strangers AND friends say ‘there must be something more to this story.’ That assumption is a big part of the problem. It does happen. All the time. Just not to you and me. Believe it and speak up.”
However, there was actually more to the story, which DePino was forced to admit after Commissioner Ross released the details.
In a recorded statement on Saturday, Commissioner Ross stated that on Thursday at around 4:40 p.m. police received a 911 call for a disturbance and trespassing at the Starbucks.
When officers arrived, they were met by Starbucks employees who told them that two males were trespassing and refused to leave.
The employees told officers that the two males had come in, sat down, then later decided to use the restroom.
The coffee shop had a policy that only paying customers may use the restroom. The employees asked the men to leave and they refused.
The employees told the men that the police would be called and they said, “Go ahead and call the police, we don’t care.”
The officers then spoke with the men and asked them to leave because they were on private property and the employees wanted them to leave, and the men refused.
The officers called for a supervisor so that the situation wouldn’t get out of hand, and on three occasions they politely asked the men to leave.
Instead, the men told the officers that they were not leaving and there was some rhetoric about “you don’t know what you are doing, you’re only a $45,000 per year employee,” or something to that regard, according to Commissioner Ross.
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