Starbucks CEO apologizes to two black men arrested
PHILADELPHIA » Starbucks sells itself as a community gathering spot as much as a coffeehouse, a welcoming place with comfortable chairs for lingering, trendy music and Wi-Fi. That’s one reason the arrest of two black men who were sitting in a Starbucks struck a nerve for so many.
The CEO of Starbucks Co., Kevin Johnson, called the arrests a “reprehensible outcome” and said he wants to personally apologize to the men, saying the company “stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling.” But that didn’t stop protesters from gathering Sunday outside the store in downtown Philadelphia where the arrests occurred.
Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside. Officers went to the store after Starbucks employees called 911 to report the men were trespassing, said Police Commissioner Richard Ross.