Protesters flood Starbucks, mob vows to shut it down after police arrest black men

DCNFAmber Randall, DCNF

Protesters flooded a Philadelphia Starbucks Monday morning to protest last week’s arrest of two black men at the store.

Dozens of protesters entered the premise, with the intent on ensuring the coffee shop wouldn’t make any money, according to ABC 6.

“We know that you don’t have the power to change everything — you’re just a figure heard. But we’re going to get to those in power, and we’re going to make sure that we shut you down,” one protester shouted to a group of Starbucks executives sitting in the cafe.

The group also shouted various phrases including “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black,” and “We are going to make sure you shut down.”

The protests come in light of recently released video showing police officers arresting two black men at the Starbucks. The coffee shop called 911 after the men refused to leave the premise, according to police. The men asked to use the bathroom but were denied because they had not bought anything.

The men said they had been waiting for a friend to come and meet them for business, their lawyer said.

Starbucks apologized for the incident, with the CEO saying it was “reprehensibile” the men had been arrested.

“I’ll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible. They were wrong; and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen [who] visited our store,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said on “Good Morning America.”

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