Two black men arrested while waiting at Starbucks

According to reports, the two men met at the coffeehouse Thursday.

Starbucks' CEO now promises reform.

In the video, Mr Yaffe can be heard telling police that the two men were waiting for him. "Everyone in the city government is complicit and so is Starbucks".

Johnson also said that the company has launched an investigation into the arrest and that he would order all Starbucks store managers to undergo "unconscious bias" training.

The meeting took place while almost two dozen protesters took over the shop Monday, demanding answers and changes to the company's policy of calling police. Johnson has called the arrests "reprehensible". The men apparently asked to use the bathroom but were detained because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave. "We will learn from this and be better".

"Starbucks was built as a company that creates a warm, welcoming environment for all customers".

"I want to know why these doors are locked", one protester reportedly shouted. "And that is what we're focused on".

Police departments across the United States have come under criticism for repeated instances of killing unarmed black men in recent years, which activists blame on racial biases in the criminal justice system.

Representatives from Starbucks did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of whack", protesters chanted Monday.

Video capturing the men's arrests went viral over the weekend, sparking protests at the store and calls to boycott Starbucks. The two were later released after the district attorney's office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. Starbucks' CEO is apologizing, but many are still calling on the company to change its policies.

Much like the Starbucks in Philadelphia, the Starbucks in downtown Erie has a key to the restrooms just for its customers, to try to keep it from becoming a public restroom.

April 15, 2018: Philadelphia police form a line in front of the Starbucks that was at the center of a Black Lives Matter protest. She denied that she had given the white man the code and she told the young man to leave the store because it is a "private business".

Police released the men, who were not charged.

"Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling", said Johnson.

  • Wendy Palmer