Calls to boycott Starbucks are growing after two black men were arrested because they had not ordered anything. Starbucks’ CEO is apologizing, but many are still calling on the company to change its policies.
The now viral video shot inside a Philadelphia area Starbucks shows two black men being handcuffed and taken away.
A real estate investor is heard in the video telling officers the men were waiting to meet with him to discuss a deal.
The men’s lawyer said they waited for less than 15 minutes and did nothing wrong.
“These people were doing what people do every single day. They were having a meeting. They were undoubtedly singled out simply by their race,” said Lauren Wimmer.
Philadelphia’s police commissioner is defending the arrest. He said a Starbucks employee called police to report a disturbance and accused the men of trespassing.
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They did a service that they were called to do,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
The men were released from custody at the police station after it became clear Starbucks did not want to press charges.
Meanwhile, the video has sparked major reaction on social media — with many calling for a Starbucks boycott.
Starbucks’ is apologizing, saying they “clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.”