Starbucks outlets in Tempe, Az. plan to host a series of “Coffee with a Cop” events in an effort to mend bruised feelings following a July 4th incident that added more fuel to the nationwide debate over police-community relations.
Last Thursday, a customer in one of the city’s Starbucks outlets reported feeling “uncomfortable” after six local officers entered the restaurant before their holiday shift. The citizen asked a barista to tell the officers to “either move out of the customer’s sight, or leave.”
The officers complied, but the incident immediately went viral, and provoked a complaint from the Tempe Officers Association which called the request “offensive.”