PROTESTERS rallied Sunday against the way two black men were treated by police and coffee giant, Starbucks last week.
The men were led out in handcuffs by police and accused of trespassing at the downtown Philadelphia Starbucks.
A small group of protestors gathered outside the Starbucks on Spruce Street and demanded action in the wake of Thursday’s arrests. They directed their rage at Starbucks, the police department and the workers who called the cops in the first place.
They asked that the manager be fired from the establishment for racially profiling black people.
“We want the police officers in the arrest fired as well,” some of them said.
The arrests of the men — who have not been identified, but have retained an attorney — was captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two, who vowed to not shop at Starbucks again.
It’s since been viewed more than 9 million times as of Sunday afternoon.
Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing — trespassing and disturbance — were dropped Thursday night.