Star­bucks CEO apol­o­gizes to two black men ar­rested

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

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.

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