Starbucks execs, police meet after incident in Arizona shop
TEMPE, Ariz. — Starbucks executives have met with a suburban Phoenix police department after several officers were asked to leave one of the company’s shops because a customer felt unsafe.
Tempe police spokesman Ron Elcock told KPHO/KTVK-TV that executives and Police Chief Sylvia Moir talked over the weekend about the incident.
Police officials did not immediately return a request seeking comment Monday.
Executive vice president Rossann Williams reiterated the company’s apology in a note to Moir after their talk.
The Tempe Officers Association said six officers were having drinks at a Tempe Starbucks on July 4 when the barista made the request.
The New York Times reports that the customer and the officers were all white.
The incident has sparked calls to boycott Starbucks as well as to examine police brutality.