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Thursday
Apr192018

Girls Make Beats trains girls in music production to help close the gender gap

ABC(NEW YORK) -- When recording artist and audio engineer Tiffany Miranda walks into a studio, she's used to standing out.

"As a woman, some of the challenges I faced were just people walking in the door and asking where the engineer is while I was sitting right behind the mixing console," said Miranda, whose work has appeared on American Idol and X-Factor. She has collaborated with many artists and producers, including Rick Ross and DJ Khaled.

"A lot of guys weren't really used to seeing girls behind the boards," she said.

But Miranda didn't want to accept that as the status quo. Instead, she decided to work toward correcting the gender disparity in music production by founding Girls Make Beats, an organization dedicated to helping young girls interested in becoming music producers.

The group hosts educational seminars, summer camps and networking events -- all with the goal of helping girls further their careers in music.

"Girls Make Beats came about because of my own personal story and struggles in the music industry," Miranda said. "I found out very early on that it was tough for girls to break into music technology fields, and there's actually never been a woman to win a Grammy for their music production -- ever."

The numbers back up Miranda's experience. Female songwriters and producers are outnumbered by men, according to a University of South Carolina Annenberg report conducted between 2012 to 2017. Female songwriters and producers made up only 12.3 percent of songwriters for the top 600 songs of the last six years. Also among the findings: Two percent of producers across 300 songs were female, translating into a major gender ratio of 49 males to every female.

"When I was growing up, there were literally no women that I could look up to and aspire to be -- the next big audio engineer, that next big music producer," she said. "So with Girls Make Beats, we're out there -- we're bringing the program to these girls and their schools. We're introducing them to these really cool and fun fields like DJing, music production and audio engineering, and getting them excited about it from an early age."

The organization started in Miami, but recently opened a chapter in Los Angeles and is organizing programs in several major cities across the United States.

The program aims to help young girls such as 11-year-old Bella Villa, whose nickname is DJ Bella.

"I knew there wasn't a lot of female DJs, and I wanted to finally become one," she said. "My favorite part was learning how to mix songs together."

Working alongside other young girls with the same goals has helped 16-year-old Jerica Hatcher, also known as DJ Blessed, gain confidence in her skills.

"My favorite part of the program is just being here with the girls, coming together to make music that people will want to hear," she said.

Miranda believes that the benefits of the programs extend beyond music production. Regardless of what career the girls pursue, she said she hopes they will carry the sense of accomplishment from Girl Makes Beats with them.

"It's really about the confidence that they build and knowing that they can tackle anything that they put their minds to," she said.

Miranda's advice to young girls is to be persistent and don't take "no" for an answer.

"Never wait for your opportunities, but create them," she said. "When you hear 'no,' that's OK. That means 'not now.' That means go work on your craft. Make another beat. Go do something that's going to be proactive in getting you to the next step."

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Dick's Sporting Goods announces it will destroy all unsold assault-style weapons

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Almost two months after Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they will no longer be selling assault-style weapons, the company announced it is destroying the unsold stock.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our Feb. 28 policy change. We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.

In late February, two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that they would no longer sell assault-style rifles or high capacity magazines. The company also said it would no longer sell firearms or ammunition of anyone under the age of 21 years old.

“Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been,” the company said in February.

Dick’s Sporting Goods had already removed all assault-style rifles from all Dick’s stores after the Sandy Hook shooting but removed them from sale at all 35 Field and Stream stores following the shooting in Parkland.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said, “We’re staunch supporters of the Second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”



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Wednesday
Apr182018

How to recreate royal wedding looks for less 

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just weeks away, all eyes are speculating on what dress Markle will wear on her big day.

Good Housekeeping's style director Lori Bergamotto appeared live on "Good Morning America" to break down some of the most popular royal wedding looks in the past, and share ways to recreate them on a budget.

Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress

The Duchess of Cambridge donned a custom-made, Victorian-inspired satin and lace gown designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen, during her wedding to Prince William in 2011. The gown featured a nearly 9-foot train and is estimated to have cost more than $400,000.

She paired it with a Cartier halo tiara she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth, and wore a mid-length silk tulle veil with lace trim.

The royal steal

Bergamotto showed how you can recreate this look using a dress from H&M's new bridal collection that many believe is heavily inspired by Middleton's dress, and a tiara and veil from David's Bridal.

Dress: H&M Long Lace dress, available on their website for $299.

Tiara: David's Bridal mid-height tiara with pearls and crystals, available on their website for $149.95.

Veil: David's Bridal lace edge fingertip veil, available on their website for $149.95.

Meghan Markle's Suits Anne Barge wedding dress

Markle's character on Suits donned an Anne Barge tulle gown with a plunging V-neck, beading and a sheer back that cost more than $6,800. Markle has said that her character's style is similar to her own, as speculation mounts over what dress she will wear on her big day.

The royal steal, option 1

You can recreate this look for less than $100 by putting together a bodysuit from Asos and a skirt from Amazon, according to Bergamotto. She added that her big takeaway tip is that you can mimic a dress you love for less by thinking about it as separates, and you can also get more bang for your buck this way because you can re-wear the pieces individually.

Bodysuit: Asos Blair bodysuit, available on their website for $45.

Skirt: Amazon's Tutu Tulle skirt, available on their website for $39.

The royal steal, option 2

Top: Jenny Yoo Sylvie top, available on BHLDN's website for $180.

Skirt: Jenny Yoo Louise tulle skirt, available on BHLDN's website for $220.

Princess Diana’s David and Elizabeth Emmanuel Dress

Diana's iconic David and Elizabeth Emmanuel dress featured a dramatic silk taffeta gown with a 25-foot train and a veil that employed 153 yards of tulle. The dress cost approximately $16,000. Bergamotto said she found a replica of Diana's dress from designer Rachel Zoe's debut bridal collection that features the same feminine, romantic vibe with a modern twist.

The royal steal

Dress: Rachel Zoe Collection violet gown, available on Rachel Zoe's website for $695.

Tiara: David’s Bridal regal tier tiara, available on their website for $149.95.

Veil: David’s Bridal single-tier raw edge 165-inch cathedral veil, available on their website for $149.95.

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Starbucks 911 arrest audio released

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The former Starbucks manager whose telephone call initiated the controversial arrest of two African-American men at her downtown Philadelphia store told 911, “I have two gentlemen at my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave,” according to the taped audio of the call released by police on Tuesday.

Responding to the 4:37 p.m. call last Thursday, the operator said she would send police to the location at 18th and Spruce streets and, about three minutes later, a radio dispatcher can be heard in the audio saying, “1801 Spruce at Starbucks, a group of males” was “refusing to leave.”

After police arrived, they requested an additional officer and supervisor, according to the audio.

Police then radioed at 5 p.m. that they would be transporting the two arrested men to police headquarters.

The incident has prompted widespread condemnation, protests, an apology from Starbucks’ CEO and a plan to close all the U.S. company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias education. The manager is no longer employed there.

Melissa DePino, whose video of the arrest went viral on social media, told ABC News the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

Starbucks released a statement Tuesday saying all 8,000 of its nationwide company-owned stores will shut down for a few hours on May 29 for racial-bias education for about 175,000 employees.

In a supplemental video with the statement, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the move comes as they are “committed to being part of the solution,” and that this training “is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Starbucks to close 8,000 stores to give staff 'racial-bias' training

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Starbucks said Tuesday it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for one afternoon to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia shops, an incident the coffee giant's CEO called "reprehensible."

The training is scheduled for the afternoon of May 29 and will be geared toward "preventing discrimination in our stores,” Starbucks said.

Nearly 170,000 Starbucks employees are expected to go through the training, which will become part of the onboarding process for new workers, the company said in a statement.

The announcement came shortly before a lawyer for the two men arrested at the Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia on Thursday addressed the media for the first time.

Stewart Cohen confirmed that his clients, whom he declined to identify, met face to face with Kevin Johnson, Starbucks' chief executive officer, and "engaged in constructive discussions about this issue as well as what's happening in communities across the country."

Starbucks CEO apologizes

"Mr. Johnson apologized on behalf of Starbucks," Cohen said. "The conversation continues today about how this painful incident can become a vehicle for positive and social change. You have a situation and people at the center of this have come together in civility, common sense and a willingness to listen to one another and work towards a solution. Together we ask that the community respect this process."

Johnson released a statement saying he and his leadership team have been in Philadelphia for the past two days "listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it."

He added: "While this is not limited to Starbucks, we're committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities."

Howard Schultz, the executive chairman of Starbucks, said in his first public comments about the controversy that his company is working to buttress its "founding values of humanity and inclusion."

"We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer," Schultz said in a statement.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP League Defense and Education Fund, are among a group of leaders providing guidance to Starbucks in developing its curriculum for the training, the company said.

The training will address implicit bias and how to prevent discrimination, the company said.

Philadelphia probes new compaints

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia has launched an investigation into additional "informal complaints" at the downtown Starbucks shop where witnesses said the two black men were arrested for doing nothing more than sitting at a table.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that the city's Commission on Human Relations will look into other reported instances at the Centre City-area shop.

"The PCHR has received informal complaints about the specific Starbucks location since the matter arose," the commission said in a statement Tuesday. "Any information regarding these complaints are part of our current investigation, and thus are deemed confidential."

Johnson met on Monday with the two men who were removed from the Starbucks after a manager called the cops to report they were trespassing and refusing requests to leave the establishment.

Starbucks told ABC News on Monday that the manager, who has not been identified, no longer works for the company.

In an interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America" Monday morning, Johnson said he wanted to meet the men and apologize for the "reprehensible" ordeal they went through. He said it "was completely inappropriate to engage the police" in the incident.

The two men at the center of the controversy have yet speak publicly about what happened to them at the Starbucks, where protesters have staged demonstrations the last two days including sit-ins inside the shop.

Mayor Kenney said the city Commission on Human Relations "will be working to better understand the circumstances that led to this incident and additional reports that have come to their attention about this specific location."

Neither Kenney or a spokeswoman for the Commission on Human Relations would offer details of the other incidents at the Starbucks shop in question.

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed millions of times.

DePino said the men were doing nothing more than sitting at a table when police officers entered the shop, put them in handcuffs and hauled them away.

"It was humiliating for those guys," DePino said. "They were completely minding their own business."

But Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said officers responded to a 911 call of the men trespassing and refusing the requests from employees to leave after being told they couldn't use the restroom without buying something.

Ross said the men were arrested when they refused to budge after police "politely" asked them several times to leave.

"So the police get there and they are confronted by the same type of attitude and repeatedly are told that they are not leaving. In fact, there is some alleged rhetoric about 'You don't know what you're doing, you're a $45,000-a-year employee' or something to that regard," Ross said in a video statement Saturday.

The men were later released after Starbucks officials refused to press charges.

The Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday said it did not have a new comment beyond Ross' video statement.

Kenney, meanwhile, released an earlier statement saying the incident "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018."

The mayor said he met with Johnson and Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks's chief operating officer, on Monday to discuss the controversy.

"I believe Starbucks will cooperate fully with our probes of the matter, particularly the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations' review of Starbucks' policies," Kenney said in his statement. "All parties agree that the outcome of this incident was extremely unfortunate and that's why we are reviewing the incident seriously.

"This is not just a Starbucks issue. This is a societal issue. People can react differently to others based on skin color, and that is wrong. We have work to do, and we need to do so productively."

He said the Commission on Human Relations will also review Starbucks' "policies, guidelines and procedures" and collect information on the demographics of the company's workforce and management.

Another controversial Starbucks video

Another video surfaced Monday in which an African-American man named Brandon Ward says he was refused the code to a restroom at Southern California Starbucks because he hadn't made a purchase while a white non-paying customer was given restroom code. Ward recorded himself confronting the manager of the Starbucks in Torrance, California, and being escorted out of the business by a security guard.

Ward posted the video on Facebook.

"If you have a policy, you should abide by those guidelines for everyone," Ward told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "You can't sit here and segregate things, so you might as well put on the store with your policy, 'Whites Only,' at the end."

In response to this incident, Starbucks said: "Please know that we take this video and the commentary around it very seriously, and are working closely with the team to learn from our mistakes. As you may have read in the letter from our CEO, we are fully investigating our store practices and guidelines across the company. In addition to our own review we will work with outside experts and community leaders understand and adopt best practices, including unconscious bias training."

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Step inside the brand new TWA hotel at JFK airport in New York City

David Mitchell(NEW YORK) -- Travelers looking for a more gilded age of travel need look no further than the TWA hotel in New York City.

Scheduled to open in spring 2019 near John F. Kennedy International Airport, the first photos of a model guestroom have been released. Visitors to the hotel, which has the fabled TWA flight terminal as it's core, will be immediately transported to the 1960s.

Housed in two low-rise buildings, the new hotel has 512 guest rooms with martini bars, vintage rotary phones and bathrooms with Hollywood-style vanities. Floor-to-ceiling, full-width windows will provide expansive scenes of the TWA Flight Center lobby or nearby runways.

But the hotel remains ultra-quiet: The windows will be seven panes thick.

The planned lobby will be 200,000 square feet and include reception and restaurants. There's also a planned rooftop pool and 10,000 square foot observation deck, as well as a museum devoted to the Jet Age, TWA, and the midcentury modern design movement.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Portland billboards take aim at 'issues of white supremacy and racial inequity'

PDX BILLBOARD PROJECT(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Activists in Portland, Oregon, have launched a billboard campaign to battle white supremacy.

The "PDX Billboard Project" began in the past week with 25 black billboards, some featuring images of slain black youths, plastered around the city with large typed slogans to "confront and disrupt the rampant complacency in this city regarding issues of white supremacy and racial inequity," according to its website.

"We aim to create a public demand for change to the inequitable structure of our society, through stimulating and challenging visual campaigns."

The messaging ranged from direct attacks against white supremacists with one reading, "PORTLAND... IS YOUR WHITE FRAGILITY SHOWING?" and another next to a football photo of Larnell Bruce Jr. kneeling and the words next to him: "21 # OF ACTIVE WHITE SUPREMACY GROUPS IN PORTLAND," the latter relying on a statistic from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups.

Bruce was a 24-year-old black man who police said died after a group of reputed white supremacists allegedly ran over him on purpose in the summer of 2016. They were all convicted.

Among the reasons for this mission, the organization says on its website, is to expose what it says is white supremacist activity in the greater Portland community and to show "the real consequences faced by our non-white brothers and sisters."

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The group also wants to expose how national police shootings have resulted in "unfair and unjust policies and processes for investigating them" and the need for investment in "proper and effective mental health and de-escalation training."

The billboards come months after a holiday-themed Dr. Martens billboard ad hovering above the city of Portland took some heat for appearing to critics as glorifying white supremacy.

The billboard in question features a pair of black, patent-leather Dr. Martens -- commonly known as "Doc Martens" -- boots above a bleak metropolis with white capital letters reading, "ROCK THE HOLIDAYS."

Plaid red laces were tied vertically through the holes of the boots, unlike the horizontally tied, red or white laces associated with white supremacy groups.

Red or white laces tied horizontally are considered white supremacist symbols or badges of honor by so-called skinheads, who would commit acts of violence and "earn your laces,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dr. Martens became "popular with skinheads" -- or "skins," as the SPLC refers to in its glossary of terms – who wear them with "either red or white laces," according to the SPLC

Dr. Martens did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Heidi Beirich, SPLC's director of its Intelligence Project, doesn’t blame the British shoe company for the commandeering of its products and said it’s unclear whether the billboard crosses the line, though adding that perceived racism has been a problem in the city for decades.

"Portland has had pretty bad problems with hate groups," she told ABC News.

She referenced Mulugeta Seraw, a 28-year-old Ethiopian student who was beaten to death by bat-wielding members of the East Side White Pride gang in Portland in November 1988.

She applauded the effort to espouse racial tolerance in Portland.

"The racism and the history of Portland is pretty serious," Beirich said. “The campaign and some of the posters is drawing attention to raise awareness of the problems of the area and making people think."

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Domino's offering new flexible delivery option for customers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --Domino's is looking to increase its sales opportunities by expanding delivery options for customers.

Consumers in certain areas no longer have to be at their house or office to pick up a couple of pies. The company is adding over 150,000 delivery "hotspots" to online ordering in the U.S, so that pizza can be delivered to more remote spots such as parks and beaches.

Customers can pre-pay their orders and select a location to get the pizza delivered, while also having the option of giving instructions to the driver if the destination is more remote. Domino's will replay with texts updating their order status and arrival times.

The company is trying to shake up their delivery options to primarily compete with popular third party food delivery apps such as GrubHub and UberEats.

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Monday
Apr162018

Allegiant Airlines fires back at '60 Minutes' report on its safety culture

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Allegiant Airlines is firing back after a CBS News "60 Minutes" report aired on Sunday night alleging a poor safety culture at the low-cost airline.

In a statement sent to reporters Sunday, Eric Gust, vice president of operations at Allegiant, called the story "outdated" and said it "bears no resemblance to Allegiant's operations today." One pilot at the airline, Steven Allen, called the report "slanderous" and "irresponsible to both our passengers and our employees," according to a letter Allegiant provided to ABC News.

A CBS News analysis of FAA data concluded that Allegiant aircraft have been "three and a half times more likely to have serious in-flight mechanical failures than other U.S. airlines." The report claimed Allegiant's aging fleet of McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s, a gas guzzling aircraft often utilized by airlines for short-haul flights, made up the majority of those incidents. The FAA could not confirm those details to ABC News on Sunday night.

The Las Vegas-based airline is phasing out those aircraft and replacing them with younger Airbus A320s. "60 Minutes" added that as the MD-80s have been phased out, the rate of incidents has declined.

Allegiant's statement went on to call the accusations of a culture that discourages pilots from reporting mechanical issues "offensive and defamatory."

The FAA said on Monday the agency has "zero tolerance for intentional, reckless behavior, flagrant violations, or refusal to cooperate in corrective action by air carriers." The airline is considered in good standing with federal safety regulators and its rate of incidents has declined year over year since 2015, according to a letter the FAA sent to CBS News producers prior to the broadcast.

A representative for CBS's "60 Minutes" did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Allegiant is vigorously defending its safety record, citing an audit completed by the FAA in 2016 that found any safety issues at the airline "minor" and "non-systematic."

ABC News has reported on past issues at Allegiant, including two separate incidents in 2015.

In June of that year, Allegiant Airlines Capt. Jason Kinzer decided to evacuate 141 passengers from his aircraft when an engine on his MD-80 began smoking following an emergency landing in Florida. He was later fired from the air carrier and Allegiant called the evacuation of Flight 864 “entirely unwarranted” and stated that Kinzer had failed in his duty to “operat[e] each aircraft safely, smoothly and efficiently and striv[e] to preserve the company’s assets.”

About a month later, Allegiant sent a flight full of passengers to a closed airport in North Dakota and the aircraft didn't have the mandatory amount of fuel to divert to another airfield. The flight eventually landed at the closed airport when it declared an emergency.

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Monday
Apr162018

Starbucks manager who made call resulting in black men's arrests no longer works for company 

Mark Makela/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The manager who called police on two black men who had refused to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks no longer works there, a company spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

The news follows Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson’s comments on Monday morning that he will order managers of the coffee giant's stores to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias" after witnesses said the men were arrested at a Philadelphia shop for doing nothing but sitting at a table.

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," Johnson said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ "Good Morning America" on Monday. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokesman told The Inquirer and Daily News of Philadelphia that the manager left the downtown store at 18th and Spruce Streets in what the company called a “mutual” decision.

Johnson, the chief executive officer, was in Philadelphia this morning, a day after protesters rallied Sunday at a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks, where the two black men, who have yet to be identified, were led out in handcuffs Thursday by police and accused of trespassing.

The demonstrators had demanded Starbucks fire the manager of the store for calling the police.

As Johnson was being interviewed on “GMA” this morning, about two dozen protesters were at the downtown Philadelphia Starbucks chanting, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black."

The protesters later held a sit-in inside the Starbucks shop.

In response, the company’s CEO said this morning, Starbucks will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and he hopes to ask the two men who were arrested to "join me in finding a constructive way to solve this issue."

Protesters rally at Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were handcuffed and arrested for 'trespassing'

Johnson said he has yet to speak to the men, who have retained an attorney.

"Clearly, there's an opportunity for us to provide clarity and in addition to that I'd say there's training, more training that we're going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias," Johnson said.

The 28,000 Starbucks store across the nation may have slightly different regional guidelines on how to handle situations that warrant police intervention, he added.

"Now, there are some scenarios where the police should be called. If there's threats or disturbance, those may be appropriate times," Johnson said. "In this case, none of that occurred. It was completely inappropriate to engage the police."

The arrests of the men were captured on video and tweeted by Melissa DePino, a 50-year-old mother of two who told ABC News she has vowed not to patronize Starbucks again. The video has since been viewed more than 9 million times.

"It was humiliating for those guys," DePino said. "They were completely minding their own business."

Both men were later released and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped Thursday night.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner also refused to prosecute after Starbucks asked to not press charges.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released by the police department Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," he said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney slammed Starbucks for the incident, saying it "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018."

Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, also condemned the incident, saying in a statement Monday that "it shows that black people can't even 'wait while black.'"

"Starbucks failed these men and all of its customers by treating them in this unfair and demeaning way," Shuford said. "Based on all eyewitness accounts, there was no need for police intervention. These men were terribly disrespected by Starbucks employees."

Shuford also faulted the police for arresting the men, adding Ross needs to change his department's policies and procedures.

“Starbucks may be able to decide who sits in its store, but only the police could decide to arrest these men," Shuford said.

Johnson, the CEO, said Starbucks accepts full responsibility for what occurred.

"Starbucks was built as a company that creates a warm, welcoming environment for all customers," he told “GMA.”

"That didn't happen in this case. That, I know. And so it's my responsibility to ensure that we review everything. We review the actions of the store manager, we review the guidelines that were provided and we review and invest in the training necessary to ensure that doesn't happen again."

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