The incident is a major blow to Starbucks' image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighborhood hangouts where anyone is welcome.
Megan Malachi, one of the protest's organizers, said the unjust arrests that occurred at the store were not an isolated incident. Following the press conference, Councilman Derek Green said anti-discrimination legislation is already on the books to address this issue. "We will not fix the problem if we continue to ignore the problem". "Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did".
Protesters have been calling for the manager's firing since two black men were arrested for trespassing last week while waiting on an acquaintance for a business meeting.
Johnson's comments came as about two dozen protesters took over the Starbucks location where the arrests happened.
"A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black", according to the protesters. In the meantime, police commissioner Richard Ross continues to stand by the actions of his officers.
"Given the information disclosed it seems clear that the responding officers, in this case, did not violate the current policies which guide their work and acted in accordance with the law", Menos said in a statement. They were released when Starbucks declined to prosecute.
But some have questioned whether Starbucks fell short by not announcing immediate discipline for the store employees who called police. One person in the crowd hoisted a sign that read "Is she fired or nah?" referring to the store manager who called the police. "Starbucks is a gateway to mass incarceration in this city for our people".
In the statement, Menos wrote that while it seems no laws were broken by the officers or the store employees, "we can not discount the likelihood that the race of these men played an integral part in the precipitation and overall outcome of this incident".
"I'm tired of the continued racial profiling against communities of color, I'm tired of the weak corporate response when these incident (s) happen, & I'm tired of leaders standing by while disparate treatment of people of color makes headlines every single week", tweeted Kevin Johnson, a candidate for Pennsylvania's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives who happens to have the same name as the Starbucks CEO.
However, police said "officers never had contact or saw a second individual". "If there's threats or disturbance, those may be appropriate times". Wimmer said she referred the case to Cohen. "It was completely inappropriate to engage the police".
By the time the markets closed for the day, Starbucks stock was trading at $59.43, a negligible change. "If you have a policy, you should abide by those guidelines for everyone", he said. "You have lost your opportunity to have a choice into what happens". "We should reserve our right to stop spending out money at places that don't respect us equally, you know what I'm saying?" We apologize for the inconvenience.
A company spokesperson told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the unidentified manager has left the company.
The location is at 18th and Spruce Streets.
"While it appears to offer equal access, in reality, it serves the needs of only some", Temple University professor Bryant Simon writes in his book "Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks".
Ross said all commanders in his department receive implicit bias training, and all new recruits are sent to both the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. "This is what systemic white supremacy looks like in action". Airy. "We're here because this is not only a pattern within the city. but this is how our country is structured".