Despite police stating the incident did not occur, some Californian pro-Black Lives Matter activists claim a barista spat in a police officer’s coffee.
“We are happy to report that today this officer from the Stockton Police Department got to have coffee at Starbucks … served with a side of spit,” claimed the original post that sparked controversy on a Facebook page entitled “Stockton Police Department, Corruption Reporting Page,” Fox 40 reports. “‘They even gave it to him with a smile and a nice comment.”
However, the Stockton Police Department said they investigated the situation and said there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.
“We are proud of our relationship with the Stockton Police Department, who initially notified us of this rumor,” Starbucks said. “We can confirm there is absolutely no truth to this post, and we are disappointed with the suggestion.”
Still, the Stockton chapter of Black Lives Matter — a group not listed on the official Black Lives Matter website — is adamant the barista spat in the officer’s coffee.
“It really happened … we gave you all the proof we could without throwing someone under the bus,” the group said, explaining a Starbucks barista spat in the officer’s cup for a past incident involving a family member.
They were were further upset because previous race-related complaints with the police department were reportedly ignored.
Yet that’s not all. The group also claims others spit in an officer’s food at a different diner in Stockton, although they refused to divulge which.
The Facebook page at the center of the controversy seeks to expose alleged police corruption — as well as publish identifying information of the officers involved. It is not officially affiliated with either the police department or the Black Lives Matter organization.
“Our hopes are that any one who should come across this page in our area, that has experienced any type of police misconduct, share the names, badge numbers, pictures, and/or video (if available) here,” reads the page’s summary. “We will be sure that your complaint is not ignored.”
However, while some on the page applauded the prank and posted anti-police sentiments, the official Black Lives Matter website states they are not actually against the police.
“Police officers are people,” says the official BLM statement. “Their lives have inherent value. This movement is not an anti-people movement; therefore it is not an anti-police-officer movement. The Black Lives Matter movement is not trying to make the world more unsafe for police officers; it hopes to make police officers less of a threat to communities of color.”
Sources: Fox 40, Facebook/Stockton Police Department Corruption Reporting Page and Black Lives Matter / Photo Credit: Marco Verch – Michigan Cherry Oat Bar at Starbucks via Wikimedia Commons