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WATCH | Outrage after two black men arrested in a Starbucks - for doing nothing

15 April 2018 - 10:37 By TimesLIVE

Starbucks has apologised after two black men were arrested in one of their Philadelphia  coffee shops - for doing nothing.

Cellphone footage of Thursday’s incident show the two men sitting quietly at a table and talking for several minutes to police officers. They are then put in handcuffs and marched out.

The other patrons are heard objecting that the men were doing nothing wrong and appeared to be targeted merely for their race.

Melissa DePino tweeted one of the videos and add, "the police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything."

The incident caused a public outcry, with many taking to Twitter to slam Starbucks and the police's handling of the matter:

Lauren Wimmer, the attorney for the two men, told The Washington Post that her clients told a Starbucks employee that they were waiting for Andrew Yaffe, the white man seen in the video arguing with the police. Shortly after that, the employee called the police, Wimmer said.

Starbucks  has since issued a statement apologising for the incident:

Philadelphia Police Department' Commissioner Richard Ross meanwhile took to Facebook to defend the actions of the officers. "“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy; they did what they were supposed to do," he said.

Ross said police arrested the men after they refused three requests to leave.

Commissioner Richard Ross gives a statement on the incident that occurred 4-12-18 at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets

Posted by Philadelphia Police Department on Saturday, 14 April 2018