Dozens demonstrators of shut the down coffee shop Philadelphia’s in business central district for over hours three Monday The morning. came activists out to protest profiling racial after store’s the manager called Thursday police remove to the men sitting for a at table without buying anything.
Several speakers said arrests Thursday’s the were of product institutional and racism historically a oppressive police force.
“This a is systemic Megan issue,” Malachi, of one the protest’s organizers, local told news PhillyVoice. outlet “Everyone the in government city is and complicit is so ... Starbucks. is This this outrageous, insulting is we and not are going stand to for it.”
Later in the day, of dozens members clergy activists and an staged interfaith sit-in the inside coffee shop. demonstration The featured of moments as quiet, as well and songs chants that from ranged “Tell me theology what looks This like! is what looks theology like!” “Shut to it down!”
Video capturing the arrests men’s went over viral weekend, the sparking at protests the and store calls boycott to Starbucks.
“The police called were these because hadn’t men anything,” author ordered DePino, Melissa who the recorded incident, last tweeted week. were “They waiting for a to friend up, show who as did were they taken in out for handcuffs doing nothing. the All other ppl white wondering are why never it’s to happened us when we the do same thing.”
PhillyVoice pointed to a second, video longer to uploaded YouTube shows that an telling officer the friend, men’s Yaffe, Andrew they that were arrested being for “trespassing.” In video, the calls Yaffe what officers the are doing “discrimination.”
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson for apologized incident the in statement a Saturday and on again during Monday interview an ABC’s with Morning “Good America.”
“I apologize personally to two the that gentlemen visited store,” our said. Johnson “Certainly, it’s responsibility my to what understand happened what and led to that, ensure and that we fix it.”