Interview with the person who posted the video:
When did you first notice the two men who wound up being arrested at the Starbucks?
I was just sitting there working on my laptop, and I guess I first noticed them when the two first cops -- the bike cops -- walked in. The girl behind the counter had called 911, apparently, and the cops came and said the guys were "trespassing." They said we were waiting for somebody, and then the white guy in the video -- that's their family friend they were waiting for -- he shows up. The guys wanted to know what they did. And then more cops and more cops and more cops show up.
And then how did it escalate from there?
A bunch of people in the store were standing up and talking to the girl behind the counter and the cops, asking why this was happening. And then they freaking put them in handcuffs and perp-walked them out the freaking store. These guys never raised their voices. They never did anything remotely aggressive.
You would have heard or seen it.
I was sitting close to where they were. Very close. They were not doing anything. They weren't.
What's been the reaction to the video that you shared?
I can't even get over it. It's got 4.15 million views, 101,000 retweets. It's freaking insane. Honestly, I didn't think this would get picked up.
People ignore this kind of stuff. They don't believe that it happens. People are saying that there must be more to this story. There is not. This would never happen to someone who looks like me. People don't believe black people when they say this stuff happens. It does. They want to know the extenuating circumstances. There are none.