Philadelphia Police Release Audio Of Starbucks Incident

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter
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The Philadelphia Police department released audio from an incident last Thursday that involved a Starbucks manager and two men who were arrested at the cafe.



The manager in question called the police at 4:37 p.m.

“Hi, I have two gentlemen at my cafe who are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the manager can be heard telling police in audio of the call.

“Police will be out as soon as possible,” the responder then tells the manager.

A police officer then reports that “there are a group of males who are refusing to leave.”

Later in the report a police officer states, “I have a disturbance at a Starbucks, there are a group of males inside causing a disturbance.”

Two men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, said they were waiting for a friend, then asked to use the bathroom, to which they were denied access. The manager then called the police after the men refused to leave the store and were subsequently arrested.

Protesting crowds flooded the Starbucks on Monday, chanting, “We are going to make sure you shut down,” and, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” (RELATED: Protesters Flood Starbucks, Vow To Shut It Down After Police Arrest Black Men [VIDEO])

The Starbucks manager was fired, and Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for racial-bias training on May 29.

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