They were just waiting to start a business meeting. Now their story is fueling a movement that could permanently change corporate culture.
Two unnamed black men were filmed being led out of a Starbucks location by six Philadelphia police officers on April 12. At the time of this post, the video had already been viewed more than 10 million times.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show… https://t.co/gQ6HFw3fYZ— Melissa DePino (@Melissa DePino)1523567534.0
The city's police commissioner initially defended the arrest, which reportedly came after a local Starbucks manager called in a complaint. Meanwhile, outrage over the incident grew — and so did pressure on Starbucks to address what increasingly is being labeled a case of racial bias.