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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blueriverrose
blueriverrose

Melissa DePino, so you think it is O.K. for you to bash Police who were just doing their job,
What you were really trying to do was agitate the situation, make it all about Police being racist so you could have a trending tweet on twitter
and don't try to claim the moral high ground... you left out half the story trying to make it sound worse than it really was...
you even felt the need to follow up with another tweet about white strangers and friends questioning your story... wondering if there was more involved... and you suggested they were racist for not accepting your version without question... suggesting they were part of the problem...
Looks to me like YOU are the problem... next time why don't you just keep your nose out of something that is clearly none of your business... or you just might find yourself on the wrong side of a defamation lawsuit.

DocRyder
DocRyder

It is about race. My bet is had the two been white and all else equal, no apology would be forthcoming from Starbucks.

darksol
darksol

ok Lord some bent conservative blog trying to pretend that this is actually happened where you say it happened These two young men were waiting for their friend before they ordered and yet you're trying to spin this blue lives matter my ass all lives matter my ass what you really mean is my white ass there is no need to spin the story But you have to black lives matter is a terrorist group and only blue live matter then never say all lives matter ever again

satmantoo
satmantoo

De Pinhead doesn’t have a clue of what she speaks!! As a White American! I’m sixty five years old and yes I’ve been told many times in my life that I couldn’t use the bathroom unless I was a paying customer. If I needed the bathroom that bad and there wasn’t any other alternative I would buy a soda and then say “hang on to my soda, I need to use your restroom”.
Peaceful protest my ass!!

Grog
Grog

Always about race and never, EVER, the behavior. Right?

mysterio2
mysterio2

Except for (1) the fact that Starbucks explicitly represents itself as a sort of town square, a 'Third Space'; and (2) anyone who's ever been to a Starbucks knows that it is routinely used as a hangout by many people and very often Starbucks actively encourages this use by patrons. The issue here is thus one of selective policy enforcement. As you should well know being an LEO, private businesses have the right to enforce policies regulating behavior of people in their businesses but these policies cannot be enforced in a manner having discriminatory impact.

I would agree with you that the officers behaved courteously and professionally and were not in any way at fault in how they handled the situation. The issue I have isn't with the officers, who were put in the position they found themselves in by the business, but I do have profound doubts about how Starbucks handled the situation.

PADDYWAGON
PADDYWAGON

.....Totally staged event........

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Can't help but wonder if this was a total social justice set up between Melissa DePino and one or more of the of the employees in Starbucks. After all it was the employees who called the police in the first place and she just HAPPENED to be there to video.

Thumper1960
Thumper1960

Order a freakin' coffee, then. The place of business isn't a public parking lot so your fat rear can sit there and take up real estate until your "friend" decides to grace the place with his presence. Or, is it that the rules others must follow don't apply to you because of your being so special? That must be it. You want special privileges just "because". As for your BLM terrorist organization, go complain to the Feds. They seem to think BLM is a terror group. Personally, I believe it's populated with morons and idiots who can't comprehend that playing in traffic MIGHT get you run over. But then, Darwin did state that idiots tend to die off and the smarter members of a species live to breed.

Katarina
Katarina

Starbucks again? Looks like they use these stunts just for the free publicity. They got it. I've never set foot in a Starbucks and never would. This looked like a complete set up. Let the SJWs spend their money in these dives. How can they make a cup of coffee when they don't understand their own policy.

Mic911
Mic911

Why is it that every time an African-American is arrested or whatever, the race card is always thrown out?? Makes me sick, there are plenty of other races in this country and you NEVER see anything said about them. You wonder why our country is in the shape it is....no RESPECT that is why!!! What the hell difference does it make make the color of your skin? You break the law/rules you face consequences.

darksol
darksol

oh well I'll I rather a good person and not judge people I rather not judge all police officers for the abuse of the minority but you bluelivesmatter people completely ignore the abuse of some of the police you people make this a culture war and felt threatened this site is not dedicated to police it's dedicated to racial cultural War pretending to be righteous and their defense a police and it appeals to judgemental and biased this site does not seek truth in journalism it stinks prejudice echo-chamber nonsense oh well I had bad punctuation don't give a f* they are always been corrupt police that have power trips but go ahead and completely ignore that

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Starbucks called the Police for two trespassers. The Police did not call Starbucks to see if they could arrest someone. So many social justice warriors running around loose with no parental supervision. Again, anytime blacks are questioned or arrested by police, out come the race card.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

This is Starbucks fault, period. These cops were professional and calm. Sux Starbucks put them in this position.

LEO0301
LEO0301

That's a ridiculous statement. I travel A LOT and have never witnessed the discrimination you all speak of. Many times the examples provided of this supposed discrimination happens to whites, Asians, Hispanics, etc as well. In other words it's not because of your skin color but because of your actions. The most overused word in today's society is "racist". It no longer means anything because like the boy that cried wolf, people no longer pay attention.

iamjustavoice
iamjustavoice

Check your brotherhood and see how many are affiiated with the KKK.