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Starbucks Manager Who Called Cops Two Minutes After Black Men Arrived Resigns

Starbucks Manager Who Called Cops Two Minutes After Black Men Arrived Resigns

On Monday, the two men met with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, who apologized. "So what I want is for a young man or young men to not be traumatized by this and instead motivated, inspired".

In that video, a black man videos a white man coming out of the restroom, and the white man explains that he was allowed to use the restroom before buying anything.

"And I just left it at that", Nelson, 23, said. Still, as a mini-storage employee, she said she has been aware of her own bias at times in dealing with customers but works to keep it in check.

After they were put in a squad vehicle, Nelson and Robinson were taken to the police station and later freed.

Nelson and Robinson, black men who became best friends in the fourth grade, were taken in handcuffs from the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, where Robinson has been a customer since he was 15. Officers arrived at 4:41, according to tapes released by the Philadelphia Police earlier this week. Then they were arrested.

Robinson said the pair were not asked any questions or read any rights, before being handcuffed, escorted out, and put into the cop vehicle. As for the Starbucks manager who called 911 in the first place, 'that's a different ballgame, ' he said.

The arrest sparked cries of racial discrimination after the video went viral around the world.

"I was just trying to process the situation to myself at the time, because I'm thinking about my family that I have, my community", he said.

Nelson told the Associated Press that he feared for his life.

"Anytime I'm encountered by cops, I can honestly say it's a thought that runs through my mind", he said. My heart races when I am in my vehicle and see police approaching, because I know that innocence is no defense when you are black and "fit the description".

Nelson said he had asked to use the restroom and an employee informed him it was for paying customers only. "That's in any situation, whether there's race involved or anything".

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A Starbucks spokesperson told The Washington Post, "In this particular store, the guidelines were that partners must ask unpaying customers to leave the store, and police were to be called if they refused".

"In this situation", Riley said, "the police should never have been called. This is a management issue and I am accountable to ensure we address the policy, and the practice and the training that led to this outcome".

The men said they hope lasting change can come from their arrest.

"When you know that you did nothing wrong, how do you really react to it?" he continued. "I think ... because she's racist, she was trying to push me [to other stores] because she's uncomfortable with a Black person being there". Nelson told the AP.

Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend said on Thursday they hoped the widely publicized incident would lead to changes in US racial attitudes.

But Ross, the police commissioner, initially said the arresting officers were just doing their job, acted professionally and "did absolutely nothing wrong", and added that Nelson and Robinson were disrespectful to them. "Words are very important", he said.

Robinson said the incident was more about "what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong".

Ross wasn't discussing the policy yet, but said it will be pushed out at a later date.

"There was no reasoning", he said.

Ross said his department has already completed a new policy to guide officers on how to deal with similar situations, noting that no such policy existed before "because it is almost impossible to have a policy for every criminal or any other violation". "But she was cold and standoffish to everyone else and would say, 'They can wait.' She often made the baristas serve them so she wouldn't have to".