"Apparently you will be arrested if you're black, and waiting for a friend at Starbucks". He said they then refused to leave. "It's absolute discrimination", Mr Yaffe adds.
Two days after two men were arrested while waiting for their friend at a local Starbucks, the company has issued an apology.
The police commissioner says the officers did nothing wrong and acted professionally at all times. He did not mention the person who said he was meeting with the men.
Starbucks released a statement Saturday where it apologized to the two men.
Benjamin Waxman, a spokesman for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, said the office decided that there "wasn't sufficient evidence to charge [the men] with a crime".
In a statement released on Saturday, Mr Johnson expressed "our deepest apologies" to the two men involved in the incident and said Starbucks would do "whatever we can to make things right".
However the footage of the incident, which has received almost nine million views so far, sparked criticism and calls for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee store.
The men, who have not been identified, were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
Despite Ross' defense of his officers' actions, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) has called on the city's Commission on Human Relations to investigate the incident as well as Starbucks' policies. He said they came in to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything. The pair repeatedly refused to leave when politely asked to do so by the employees and officers, he said.
"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong".
"They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen, and instead they got the opposite back".
"I will say that as an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias", he continued. "We will learn from this and be better".
"These officers had legal standing to make this arrest", Commissioner Ross said.
At least two cellphone videos captured the incident.
Police said they are conducting an internal investigation.
Kenney said a review promised by police of policies in similar situations "is fully warranted given the unfortunate outcome of this event, particularly at a time when our criminal justice reform efforts are focused on avoiding needless incarcerations".
Johnson admitted that the manager of the store in question made a mistake. If you are viewing this piece of content on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of United States & worldwide trademark and copyright laws. A store in the same area of Philadelphia experienced an armed robbery recently, the official said.
"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything".
Moreover, coffee shops are often places for people to meet up for a conversation without ordering anything.
But one Twitter user edited the statement to include that the moment was "racial profiling" and "racially motivated harassment".
The incident was about race, Wimmer said.