Starbucks CEO Finds Arrest Reprehensible

Following the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend inside of a Philadelphia Starbucks located on 18th and Spruce Streets, the CEO of Starbucks called for “unconscious bias” training. In taking a proactive approach to the arrest he considers to be “reprehensible,” Johnson hopes that people will look at what happened at an individual level as well as the systemic beliefs that did allow the arrest to occur. The CEO indicated that there are definite scenarios that warrant police intervention, including threats and disturbances, but in this situation it was not appropriate to engage the police.

Johnson has expressed his hope to meet the men at the center of the story, so that he can express his own regret and the regret of Starbucks.

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