Three black actresses arrested for using bathroom at Houston’s, T.I. calls for boycott.

It looks like Houston’s is the latest restaurant chain to engage in racist treatment toward black folks after a police officer dragged three black actresses out of the dining destination because they were taking too long in the restroom.

Rapper, actor, and activist, T.I. has called for a boycott of the restaurant chain in response to the incident that landed the women in jail with one of them suffering injuries including a black eye.

Brittany Marie Lucio, Asia’h Sharrell Epperson (American Idol, Greenleaf) and Erica Walker say they were assaulted by an Atlanta police officer, Jay Guzman, who moonlights as a security guard at the restaurant. The ladies reportedly entered the restaurant after it was closed to use the bathroom. The officer admits he grabbed Lucio by the wrist and tried to “lead” her out the back door, but the video footage paints a much more violent picture of the ladies being man-handled and their attorney insists the officer threw them into the bushes.

“We are seriously concerned with the level of force that was used and we want answer to why they ended up in the bushes,” said their attorney, Gerald Griggs.

When asked why his clients refused to comply with the officer’s initial request for them to leave the restroom, he gave a pretty reasonable response.

“You can’t just leave the restroom after you just finish using it. You have to wash your hands. Have to make sure that you have taking care of all of your needs,” he said.

Lucio, Walker and Epperson were arrested and booked at the Fulton County Jail. All three were charged with Criminal Trespass and Lucio was also charged with Felony Obstruction. Their attorney wants all of the charges against them dropped.

“(The) response from Houston’s is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing case and we hope to be able to come to a swift resolution with the charges being dropped.”

Lucio shared photos of the injuries including cuts, scrapes, bruises and a black eye she alleges were inflicted by the officer on social media.

 

Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR!!!! ACCOUNTABILITY IS MANDATORY!!!! U WILL PAY FOR THIS!!! COWARD!!!! ??????Houstons & Guzman!!!

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Police Commissioner Defends Controversial Arrest of 2 Black Men at a Philadelphia Starbucks in Viral Video!

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending the actions of officers seen in a viral video arresting two men at a Starbucks.

The video, which has racked up millions of views since it was posted to Twitter on Thursday, shows Philadelphia police officers arresting two African-American men inside a Starbucks location.

Melissa DePino, who posted the video, wrote, “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.”

In the video a man is seen telling an officer that he was meeting the two men there and asking what they did to warrant police being called.

Others off screen are heard saying, “They didn’t do anything.”

Ross said Saturday his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Ross recorded a statement on Facebook Live in which he explains that Starbucks employees called 911 to report a trespassing complaint.

The employees told officers the two men wanted to use the restroom but were told the facilities are only for paying customers. The Starbucks employees then asked the men to leave, but they refused, Ross says.

Officers responded and asked the men three times to “politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing.” When the men again refused to leave, they were arrested “without incident,” Ross says.

The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn’t want to press charges.

“They did a service that they were called to do,” Ross says of the officers. “And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that.”

Ross, who is black, references his own experiences while making his case, saying, “As an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias.”

“We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department.”

In statement posted on Twitter, Starbucks apologized “to the two individuals and our customers.”

“We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.,” the statement reads.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Starbucks’ apology “is not enough.”

He said he “asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm’s polices and procedures, including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees.”

Kenney said he’s “heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident like that,” which he says “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

“Starbucks should be a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter the color of their skin,” Kenney says.

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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson responded to public outcry over the arrest of two black men on Saturday from a Philadelphia branch of the coffee shop, calling the incident “reprehensible.”

The arrest, which was captured on video that has since gone viral, sparked accusations of discrimination and racial profiling.

@Starbucks 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. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.

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