VIDEO: Police Reveal 'Men Arrested For Being Black At Starbucks' Is A Lie

Commissioner Richard Ross released the circumstances behind the lawful arrest.

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia PD Commissioner Richard Ross released a statement on Saturday with the details behind the now-viral video which shows the arrest of two black men in a Philly Starbucks.

The video (below) was initially posted to Twitter by witness Melissa DePino on Thursday.

In the video, two black males could be seen being calmly arrested at Spruce and South 18th streets.

DePino posted, "The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing."

She later followed up in a tweet which said, "Ever since I posted this, I’ve had white strangers AND friends say 'there must be something more to this story.' That assumption is a big part of the problem. It does happen. All the time. Just not to you and me. Believe it and speak up."

However, there was actually more to the story, which DePino was forced to admit after Commissioner Ross released the details.

In a recorded statement on Saturday, Commissioner Ross stated that on Thursday at around 4:40 p.m. police received a 911 call for a disturbance and trespassing at the Starbucks.

When officers arrived, they were met by Starbucks employees who told them that two males were trespassing and refused to leave.

The employees told officers that the two males had come in, sat down, then later decided to use the restroom.

The coffee shop had a policy that only paying customers may use the restroom. The employees asked the men to leave and they refused.

The employees told the men that the police would be called and they said, "Go ahead and call police, we don't care."

The officers then spoke with the men and asked them to leave because they were on private property and the employees wanted them to leave, and the men refused.

The officers called for a supervisor so that the situation wouldn't get out of hand, and on three occasions they politely asked the men to leave.

Instead, the men told the officers that they were not leaving and there was some rhetoric about "you don't know what you are doing, you're only a $45,000 per year employee," or something to that regard, according to Commissioner Ross.

Because the men refused to leave and Starbucks had called them about the trespassing disturbance, the men were arrested for trespassing.

After officers transported the men to be processed, they discovered that Starbucks was no longer interested in pressing charges. The men were then released.

"It is important to emphasize and underscore that these officers had legal standing to make this arrest," Commissioner Ross said. "Again, they were called to the scene because employees said that they were trespassing. It is important for me to say, in short, that these officers did absolutely nothing wrong. They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen, and instead, they got the opposite back."

"I will say that as an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias," the commissioner continued. "We are committed to fair and unbiased policing, and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department."

The commissioner went on to explain that every one of these recruits get bias training.

"Something else that I want to highlight..." Commissioner Ross added. "I can tell you that there was a case involving one of our sergeants, probably a couple years ago, who went to Starbucks in full uniform and he was also denied access to the restroom. So they are at least consistent in their policy."

"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong, and did a service that they were called to do," the commissioner concluded. " And if you think about it logically, that if a busienss calls and says that 'someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business', [the officers] now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties, and they did just that."

After the police commissioner's statement, DePino admitted that she left some details out of her story. She posted, "Yes, the two men were asked to leave @Starbucks, as the Philly Police said in their statement, but they sat there peacefully and had the nerve to ask WHY they were being asked to leave. What counts as peaceful protest? Isn't that what this is?!"

Starbucks responded with an apology and said that they will be reviewing their store policies.

You can see the video of the incident below:

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it is obvious by her actions, denial followed by admitting truth without any credible apology, and especially by her repeated inflaming the incident in extra tweets, that Melissa DePino is an SJW Shit Troll, it is only conclusion a Logical and sane person could deuce via the facts ...especially how her video conveniently was edited to omit everything that happened before the planted "victims" were handcuffed.

... out of context even Santa Claus is a creepy Child Stalker worthy of decades in prison


Or nation of Islam, Black Panthers


It is a private business. Whether or not it is in their best interests, they have every right to tell someone to leave. It doesn't even matter the reason, they can refuse somone's business or occupancy if they choose to do so. If I was put in that situation either I would say, "ok, I'm not returning to this location", or " I understand, what's the cheapest thing on your menu, since I understand you're a business and you have it in your interests to keep the homeless and people loitering under control, and not just swarming your store and taking up space and making things uncomfortable for other patrons". Once, or rather, if, Starbucks releases the video from the actual cameras inside the store, then you can make a rational opinion. Considering the men themselves said it was two minutes before the police were called, which would be an extremely quick conversation by the way, I have no reason to believe anything that was said in the video recorded and spread around the ridiculous media that we had nowadays. If that video even contradicts the time period stated, then it should be a cut and dry case of them just lying to try and claim racism. On top of that, they had multiple opportunities to leave but they refused, so they were taken in as a result. Their own actions led to this, just like a majority of the so called, "Black lives matter," protests.


It appears the real victims are the police officers. They were called (SUMMONED) to do their jobs by Starbucks. The officers did their job legally, politely, and professionally. The officers are now being publicly attacked and unjustly labeled (RACISTS). The Police officers should sue STARBUCKS and the Melissa DePino for publicly humiliating and attacking the credibility and character of the officers based upon their (RACE). I recommend a thoruogh investigation to see if there are any relationships or connections between Melissa DePino, the Starbucks employees, the two men described as black, and the friend who showed up later on.

It has the appearance of being a staged incident. Create the situation, call the police, video tape it, and file a law suit.


Exploit the communications, phone numbers, email addresses, screen names, etc. could either confirm a prior connection or negate the possibility of a staged incident.

Regardless whether staged or not, the police officers should sue STARBUCKS, and others for creating a situation whereas the police officers characters were publicly assassinated and they were labeled as "RACISTS". Being falsely accused and/or maliciously labeled a "Racist" is unfair and can destroy a person's career and public perception of their character and affect their jobs and credibility in the work place, court, etc.

STARBUCKS and the News Media should publicly admonish and such false or malicisous accusation or inferring the officers behaved in a RACIST manner and compensate the officers for the damage it has caused them.

An injustice here, is an injustice everywhere.


It has nothing to do with being black because the rule applies to everyone, as the story you clearly haven't read states. All Starbucks and many other businesses have the rule that you must be a paying customer to sit in the establishment or use the restroom. All these men had to do was say they were waiting for a friend so they could order together. Instead they decided to be obnoxious and belligerent,noy only with the store staff but with the police as well. Frankly, this reeks of another blm victim ploy. They deserve what they got.