Police release 911 call as Starbucks prepares for racial-bias training
WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) —
Philadelphia police have released a 911 call at the center of a viral video involving Starbucks.
Viewer video shows two black men being arrested in a Starbucks for refusing to leave. They had asked to use the bathroom, but an employee said no, as the restroom is for paying customers only.
The men sat down, saying they were waiting for a friend.
When they wouldn't leave, the manager called police.
"Hi, I have two gentlemen who refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the manager said. “I'm at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce.”
The incident led to protests at several Starbucks locations, accusing the coffee chain of being racially bias.
The NAACP and anti-defamation league will help design the training and will also review the effectiveness.
“It just was uncalled for,” Vincent said. “It was obviously, to me, a racist incident.”
Vincent said it happened because of the color of their skin.
“For us people of color, we're inconvenienced every day of our lives,” he said. “All of a sudden, in the last year, racism is a back in style. It’s not in style. It's hurtful, painful it's something we should never have to go through, but we’re going through it.”
A Starbucks spokesperson said the manager who called 911 no longer works there.
No charges were filed.