Starbucks confirms it is looking into an incident that led to the arrest of two men at a Philadelphia location earlier this week.
Video of that arrest posted to Twitter now has more than 2 million views and has also prompted an internal investigation within the Philadelphia Police Department.
“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,” she writes. “All the other white [people] are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing,” she continued.
Another Twitter user tweeted Starbucks to call them out for their establishment’s decisions, and the actions that followed, and they responded, “We’re reviewing the incident with our partners, law enforcement, and customers to determine what took place and led to this unfortunate result.”
Shaun King has been pretty vocal about the incident since sharing it on his Instagram page. He responded to the tweet exclaiming, “We know what happened. It was a gross double standard rooted in racism. What we need is an apology followed by restitution. We need you to proactively make this right by the two young men you violated.”
This story is developing.