Two Men Arrested At Starbucks Tell Their Side Of The Story

Two Men Arrested At Starbucks Tell Their Side Of The Story

Two Men Arrested At Starbucks Tell Their Side Of The Story

Starbucks has found itself in hot water after the arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia stores. Instead, the manager wanted Cash to be demoted to a barista along with a corresponding pay cut. Simon says they fell into two categories: people who appeared to be homeless, and black men.

The two men who were arrested in the incident, 23-year-olds Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, spoke out about what happened for the first time on Thursday.

Nelson and Robinson said they're looking for more lasting results and are in mediation proceedings with Starbucks to implement changes, including the posting in stores of a customer bill of rights; the adoption of new policies regarding customer ejections, racial profiling and racial discrimination; and independent investigations of complaints of profiling or discrimination from customers and employees. Officers arrived at 4:41, according to tapes released by the Philadelphia Police earlier this week.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us, '" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "Just double-locked handcuffs behind our back, escorted out and put into a squad vehicle". Yaffe then told him the video had gone viral.

Robinson said that during his arrest, he thought about his family and community and that he was "just trying to process the situation".

Nelson also said he had feared for his safety and his life.

"Anytime I'm encountered by cops, I can honestly say it's a thought that runs through my mind", Nelson said.

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Nelson said he asked to use the restroom shortly after walking in and was told it was only for paying customers.

Now I'm a Philly girl and grew up right on those same rough streets where my two cousins were shot and killed, and every day saw police terrorize my neighborhood. "That's in any situation, whether there's race involved or anything". The men apparently asked to use the bathroom but were detained because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave.

"When you have a highly flammable emotional situation like a racial crisis you must match it with a highly emotional solution in the opposite direction", he said, rather than a "legal solution" or a "branding solution". "And we know we have to review the practices and guidelines to help ensure it never happens again".

Yet this is Starbucks, a brand that has positioned itself in our national consciousness as not just a restaurant chain or retail operation, but as a "third place" meet-up spot for the community. Yaffe showed up just in time to see Nelson and Robinson removed from the premises.

Nelson said he hoped his experience could be used as a "steppingstone" to future progress.

"When you know that you did nothing wrong, how do you really react to it?" he continued. "This is a people thing".

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Nelson and Robinson have been best friends since the fourth grade, they told the AP.

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- Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. apologizes to the two black men who were part of a controversial arrest at a Starbucks in Philadelphia last week.

"I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong", Ross said during a press conference Thursday.

"We need a different type of action ... not words", he said.

Ross began by calling it "an unfortunate incident that has been in the news about this great city", adding that it's an incident he played "a significant role in making worse".

"For this reason, me, I apologize", Ross said. Speaking to TechBook Saturday, April 14, she said a corporate policy exclusive to Center City Philadelphia prohibits loitering and that managers have the discretion to call police if it that policy is violated.

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