The Philadelphia Police department is investigating two police officers who arrested a pair of Black men inside of a Starbucks in Center City.
The officers were called and quickly arrested the two men – both REAL ESTATE AGENTS waiting for a client. The two Black men were placed in handcuffs and taken away, as other customers questioned the police’s actions.
Reports say the two men were allegedly Real Estate agents and were waiting on a friend to join them so that they could discuss business. But because the men did not make a purchase at the Starbucks location, the authorities were called.
The woman who tweeted the video said that, “The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.”
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the arrests, but the woman who posted the video later confirmed that both men have since been released without charges.
I just heard they were released at 130am last night. They are real estate brokers and were at Starbucks to meet their family friend. That’s all I have for now.
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 13, 2018
Philadelphia police said the incident is under internal investigation.
We are aware of an incident that occurred on 4-12-18 at the Starbucks Café at 18th and Spruce. The entire incident, including the actions of the responding officers, is under internal investigation. Once we gather all the facts, we will comment further.
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) April 14, 2018
Starbucks so far is STICKING UP for the police action.
Waiting while black. https://t.co/i440phfqIb
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) April 13, 2018
Twitter users immediately alleged that there was racism going on and called for a boycott of Starbucks. The Philadelphia Inquirer attempted to call the Starbucks location in Center City Saturday morning but kept getting a busy tone.
The local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia is reporting that there is an “internal investigation” underway. Police couldn’t give more information Friday night, they only said they will comment once they have all the facts.