Source: BBC News
This story is from The Inquiry on BBC World Service. It was presented by Helen Grady and produced by Josephine Casserly and Dearbhail Starr. To listen to more episodes of The Inquiry, please click here. Adapted by Sarah Keating.
In April two black men went into a Starbucks in Philadelphia. They were early for a business meeting, so they sat down to wait. Two minutes later, the store manager called the police.
“I have two men in my café that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” the store manager said in a recording released by the police.
Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson explained that they didn’t want to order until their colleague arrived. When their colleague turned up, he found the police forcibly removing the two men from the coffee shop in handcuffs.