It’s not a fun time being in the sights of the police when one has done nothing wrong. That is most definitely the case in the viral “Starbucks Video” that features two men berated and arrested by police for doing absolutely nothing.
Now, the woman who shot the video is sharing the backstory as she knows it.
When did you first notice the two men who wound up being arrested at the Starbucks?
I was just sitting there working on my laptop, and I guess I first noticed them when the two first cops — the bike cops — walked in. The girl behind the counter had called 911, apparently, and the cops came and said the guys were “trespassing.” They said we were waiting for somebody, and then the white guy in the video — that’s their family friend they were waiting for — he shows up. The guys wanted to know what they did. And then more cops and more cops and more cops show up.
And then how did it escalate from there?
A bunch of people in the store were standing up and talking to the girl behind the counter and the cops, asking why this was happening. And then they freaking put them in handcuffs and perp-walked them out the freaking store. These guys never raised their voices. They never did anything remotely aggressive.
You would have heard or seen it.
I was sitting close to where they were. Very close. They were not doing anything. They weren’t.
At this time, the men have been released from police custody and Starbucks has rightfully apologized to them. In the meantime, the video of the ordeal has been seen by over four million people. Why the woman behind the counter called the police, to begin with, is not clear as of this writing.
But the reality is, these guys were doing nothing. Kind of scary.
@Starbucks 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. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018