Philadelphia Arrest of Black Males at Starbucks: No, They Weren’t Arrested for “Being Black”
Philadelphia, PA -On Thursday, a woman named Melissa DePino posted a video of two black males being arrested at Starbucks. Only…she left out most of the story. Her post went crazy after she claimed the arrest was racial in nature. Turns out that no, the two men weren’t arrested just because they were black.
When she first posted the video, she wrote:
“The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Then she posted:
The constant narrative that police are racist has become a staple in the world of liberals. This time, Police Commissioner Ross, himself a black man, released the truth. And yes, there really was “more to the story.”
Blue Lives Matter reported,
In a recorded statement on Saturday, Commissioner Ross stated that on Thursday at around 4:40 p.m. police received a 911 call for a disturbance and trespassing at the Starbucks.
When officers arrived, they were met by Starbucks employees who told them that two males were trespassing and refused to leave.
The employees told officers that the two males had come in, sat down, then later decided to use the restroom.
The coffee shop had a policy that only paying customers may use the restroom. The employees asked the men to leave and they refused.
The employees told the men that the police would be called and they said, “Go ahead and call police, we don’t care.”
The officers then spoke with the men and asked them to leave because they were on private property and the employees wanted them to leave, and the men refused.
The officers called for a supervisor so that the situation wouldn’t get out of hand, and on three occasions they politely asked the men to leave.
Instead, the men told the officers that they were not leaving and there was some rhetoric about “you don’t know what you are doing, you’re only a $45,000 per year employee,” or something to that regard, according to Commissioner Ross.
The officers cuffed the two men and took them for processing for trespassing. By the time they got to the station, Starbucks decided not to press charges. (That happens a lot on misdemeanors).
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong, and did a service that they were called to do. And if you think about it logically, that if a busienss calls and says that ‘someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business’, [the officers] now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties, and they did just that.” Commissioner Ross
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
DePino finally admitted she left out things in her post. Now Starbucks is sending their employees — all of them — on May 29 to a special training on implicit bias. Having all 8,000 Starbucks locations closed on that day is going to cost them a bundle.
On 5/29, we’ll close US company-owned stores to conduct racial-bias training to address implicit bias & prevent discrimination. We’re taking a hard look at who we are as a company. We’re ashamed & recognize that racial bias is a problem we must address. https://t.co/xIYc75BJPj
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 17, 2018
There is no logical reason for them to be “ashamed.” Police did what they were supposed to do, and the employees followed Starbucks policy.