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According to NewsWeek:  A video of two black men being arrested from a Starbucks in Philadelphia went viral after witnesses say they did not do anything wrong.

The video, which was posted to Twitter on Thursday, shows two black men being escorted out of the Starbucks in handcuffs. Melissa DePino, who posted the video to Twitter, claims the two were waiting for a friend and that the police were called because they did not order anything.

“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,” DePino wrote.

The video has more than 3.7 million views and more than 94,700 re-tweets on Twitter.

Other customers can be heard in the video questioning the police as to why the men were being arrested. According to DePino, the two men were real estate brokers who were waiting for a family friend at the Starbucks.

Commissioner Richard Ross of the Philadelphia Police Department said in a Facebook Live video on Saturday that the officers did nothing wrong.

“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong, and they did a service they were called to do,” Ross said.

Ross explained police received a 911 call around 4:40 p.m. on Thursday from Starbucks employees saying that “two males were trespassing” and “refused to leave.” According to Ross, the two men did not order food and had asked to use the bathroom, but Starbucks policy does “not allow non paying people from the public to come in and use the restroom.”

Ross claimed the officers asked the men to leave when they got to the scene, but refused to. The men were let go after “Starbucks was no longer interested in prosecuting.”

“These officers had legal standing to make this arrest. They were called to this scene because these people were trespassing. Officers ‘followed policy’ and acted ‘professional,’ and got the opposite back,” Ross said.

Starbucks Corp tweeted out an apology on Saturday and said they were reviewing their store policies.

“We apologize to the two individuals and our customers and are disappointed this led to an arrest. We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we can handle incidents in our stores,” Starbucks said. “We are reviewing our policies and will continue to engage with the community and the police department to try to ensure these types of situations never happen in any of our stores.”



Two white men charged in beating of black man in Shawnee



SHAWNEE — Two white men who were caught on video beating a black man outside a music venue in June, have been charged with felony crimes in Pottawatomie County District Court in connection with the brutal attack, and an attorney representing the victim’s family is pursuing a civil rights case against the defendants.

Jarric Deshawn Carolina, 36, was beaten about 2 a.m. June 22, in a parking lot outside the BrickHouse Saloon in Shawnee. A witness told police that the attackers shouted racial slurs and the men shouted, “White power!” as they fled the scene. Another man also was attacked, Monty Whittet, who is white, but he did not need medical treatment at the scene, police reported.

Two men have been charged with felonies — Devan N. Johnson, 24, of Harrah, and Brandon Wayne Killian, 28, of Oklahoma City. Both men were charged July 5, records show.

Both men were released from Pottawatomie County jail on $25,000 bail after the attack.

Killian failed to appear for an Oklahoma County court appearance stemming from a January 2018 charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia and was arrested and jailed in Oklahoma County. Killian was scheduled to appear before an Oklahoma County judge Wednesday afternoon, but the hearing was pushed back two weeks.

At the courthouse, the family’s attorney Edward Maguire said he had been advised by the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office that they were looking into additional details before bringing Killian in front of a judge and that an attorney had expressed interest in representing Killian.

“At least the victim’s family knows where he’s going to be. We do know that Mr. Killian will be in Oklahoma County, thankfully, for the next two weeks,” Maguire said.

He spoke about Wednesday’s rescheduling as a positive outcome in that it would give him more time to prepare his case and that he believed the family would be pleased.

“I think the family’s going to be ecstatic. Their biggest fear was, having been down this road before with other folks, that Mr. Killian was going to be walking out of the courtroom today.”

As for what the victim and the victim’s family want, Maguire said they spoke in depth about their goals on Wednesday.

“I keep being told the same thing, we don’t care about anything other than getting justice for Jarric. We’re not looking for huge settlements, we’re not looking for huge windfalls,” Maguire said. “We’re not looking for anything other than to see, to make sure that Mr. Killian and Mr. Johnson are behind bars for a long period of time, that they stay in their orange jumpsuits for the foreseeable future.”

Maguire said the family’s first concern is Jarric Carolina’s health. Jarric Carolina has been released from a hospital, but he has an eye that was knocked out of place and will require extensive medical attention at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. He also is having trouble with memory and walking.

Jarric Carolina and wife, Jamie Carolina, have two young children at home.

“He’s (Jarric) gradually improving, but we still have a long road ahead,” Jamie Carolina said Wednesday.

Maguire said he wants the case in Pottawatomie County prosecuted as a felony hate crime, but the state’s statutes are woefully inadequate.

“Our statute in Oklahoma, it’s very limited when it comes to hate crimes and as it’s written, Mr. Killian is being charged, along with Mr. Johnson, under a misdemeanor hate crime. The victim’s family and the victim both feel that this is not adequate to address this situation,” he said.

Maguire said he is looking into filing a state or federal civil lawsuit alleging the attack was a hate crime and that Jarric Carolina’s civil rights were violated.


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Video shows white man calling the police on Black man waiting for a friend



Yet another white person has gone viral for calling 911 on a Black person when an inter-personal matter did not seem to warrant bringing in law enforcement.

This time it was an engineer who was reportedly waiting for his disabled friend to meet him outside her apartment in the Bay area, reports Raw Story. The video picked up steam on social media over the weekend.

The Black man patiently records the white man describing him to the police and alludes to the fact that he will be the next white person who becomes famous for calling 911 on a Black person for no good reason. The white man’s son begins crying, saying “Daddy no, please don’t” as his dad ignores his pleas, telling 911 that the Black man is trespassing in his building, even though they’re apparently standing on a public sidewalk. His son starts to cry, “Please, let’s go. Daddy, I don’t like this.”

In a second video, the Black man’s friend shows up and the kid starts pulling on his dad’s arm, yelling, “I told you! Let’s go now! Daddy look what you’ve gotten us into!” The man behind the camera comments that it took her a while to get there because she is handicapped.

Even as his friend who lives in the building stands next to him, the white man stays on the phone with 911, complaining that he refused to identify himself and was trespassing. The video ends seconds after he appears to end the call with the police.

Neither the identity of the man who called the police or the man who filmed the video has been confirmed. However, Tariq Nasheed of Foundational Black America tweeted the video on Saturday and said that the Bay Area white man has been identified by some as a YouTube employee.


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Family brawls at Disneyland as children watch



ANAHEIM, Calif – A Disneyland guest recorded a violent brawl that broke out between a family at Disneyland on Sunday.

The video, dated July 6th, shows at least two men and two women involved in the fight at Mickey’s Toontown, with others trying to intervene and stop the altercation. Children, along with other park guests, witnessed the fight.

At one point a woman could be seen hobbling out of her motorized chair and falling later in the altercation.

Another woman could also be seen spitting in a mans face and him punching her in retaliation.

The guests, who are family members, were immediately escorted out of the park, a Disneyland official told KTLA.

“We do not condone this behavior,” a statement from Disney said.

The case is now being investigated by Anaheim police, who did not immediately respond to request for more information.

The video below contains disturbing images and language


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