By now, you no doubt have heard about the alleged racial incident in a Philadelphia Starbucks.
To summarize: two Black men entered the Starbucks and sat down. They asked to use the bathroom and were told that Starbucks only allows customers who buy something to use their bathrooms. The men declined to buy anything and sat down again – thus making it clear they were not going to be customers. Starbucks employees called the police. The police arrived and asked them to leave. The men refused to do so. The officers then arrested them and led them out of the store.
Once they were out of the store, the Starbucks location declined to press any charges and the two men were released.
Now, a Philadelphia police commissioner has made a statement defending the officers’ actions.
You can see both the video of them being arrested and the commissioner’s statement in this Philadelphia Inquirer article.
-The arrest video shows the two men being walked out in handcuffs, not resisting arrest, while another patron questions why they were being arrested, stating they didn’t do anything wrong.
-The police video attempts to explain why the officers acted as they did.
A lot has been written and said about the incident, much of it racial in nature.
The purpose of this blog is not to take sides, one way or the other. It is to present both sides so that you have all the tools to make up your own mind.
The rest is up to you.