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Philadelphia police commissioner apologizes to 2 men Detained at Star

Philadelphia police commissioner apologizes to 2 men Detained at Star

"That's when we knew she called the police on us", Nelson told The Associated Press in the men's first interview since video of their April 12 arrests went viral. But Thursday was the first time Nelson and Robinson publicly told their story.

"I want to make sure that this situation doesn't happen again", Robinson said. Immediately upon walking in, Nelson asked the manager if he could use the restroom. Instead, the manager wanted Cash to be demoted to a barista along with a corresponding pay cut.

Nelson said he wondered if he'd make it home alive.

Attorney Stewart Cohen, who is representing Nelson and Robinson, said the two were illegally profiled under Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in hotels, restaurants, and theaters on the basis of race.

A recent visit to Starbucks changed the lives of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson in ways they never could have imagined.

The store employee who called 911 is no longer with the company.

"I've spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it", Johnson said in a statement", adding, "While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution.

A police report states the men cursed at the manager after she told them bathrooms are for customers only.

The day after their arrests, they thought about what to do next. "Just double-locked handcuffs behind our back, escorted out and put into a squad auto".

Now we've all seen the videos of police confrontations that have gone horribly wrong, and this incident could have been no different.

"I was just trying to process the situation to myself at the time, because I'm thinking about my family that I have, my community", he said.

"Anytime I'm encountered by cops, I can honestly say it's a thought that runs through my mind", Nelson said. This is something that has been going on for years and everyone is blind to it, but they know what's going on if you get what I mean.

Two decades before Black Lives Matter movement, I was a human rights activist in NY. When it became clear that the men would not leave, the police were called. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney, who is white, said what happened at the Starbucks "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018".

Nelson said he hoped his experience could be used as a "steppingstone" to future progress.

The incident is an "opportunity as a stepping stone to really stand up and show your greatness and that you are not judged by the color of your skin", Nelson said. "Just really taking those actions and putting them into place".

And at the core of the Black Lives Matter movement is the pattern of what the group sees as a criminalization of black people for doing everyday things.

Nelson and Robinson have been best friends since the fourth grade, they told the AP. After all, Starbucks has been all too happy to advance left-wing agendas, which included launching a "Race Together" campaign in which baristas were instructed to talk to customers about race.

Philadelphia's police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city following backlash over the language he used in a previous statement. "And I know some people don't or refuse to understand that, but it's just a reality", Ross said.

Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. has said the location where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only.

"There was no reasoning", he said. He did not give specifics behind that policy, saying they would be provided "at a later date".

Ross added that the arresting officer is mortified about what happened.


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