Starbucks protests erupt, CEO apologizes for arrest of two black men

A Philadelphia Starbucks called 911 on two black men last week for “trespassing”.

The two men had not purchased a drink as they were waiting around for a friend to arrive. The police came and arrested the two men in the store as seen in this video, while other customers called the arrest “ridiculous”.

Protests have risen in response.

Starbucks CEO Rosalind Brewer has now apologized for the calling of arrest of two black men waiting in a Philadelphia store for their friend. Starbucks also released the statement in this tweet.

In an interview Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said he hoped to meet with the two men in person to apologize face to face.

“I’d like to have a dialogue with them so that I can ensure that we have opportunity to really understand the situation and show some compassion and empathy for the experience they went through,” he said. “Finally as we’re working to solve this, I’d like to invite them to join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue.”

The two men have since agreed to meet with Johnson.

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