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Starbucks issues apology following arrest in Philadelphia store

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In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Starbucks has issued a statement apologizing after two black men were arrested at one of their cafes. 

Police say they were justified in their arrest. 

Cell phone video shows multiple officers arresting the men who were quietly sitting at a table waiting on a friend.

Witnesses say the incident started after the men asked for the bathroom code, but were told the bathrooms were only for paying customers. 

They say the two men didn't order, but sat at a table using their phones until their friend showed up just as they were being arrested. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says an employee called police to say the men were trespassing. 

Ross took to Facebook Live Saturday saying the officers "did nothing wrong and did a service they were called to do."

The two men were let go by police after Starbucks decided not to prosecute. 

In a statement, Starbucks says "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 handle incidents in our stores. 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."

Credit: NBC

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