City apologizes after police remove black man from store

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — The police department in Kirkland, Washington, has apologized for an incident in which officers helped the owner of a frozen-yogurt shop expel an African-American man from the business because employees said they felt uncomfortable.
The Seattle Times reports that the owner of a Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop in Kirkland called police on Nov. 7 about Byron Ragland, a 31-year-old black man who was in the shop supervising a court-sanctioned outing between a mother and her son. Ragland works as a court-appointed special advocate.
Officers responded and told him that the owner wanted him to leave. Ragland left without incident.
Outrage over the incident prompted the Kirkland police to announce an internal investigation and on Monday the city apologized.
The owner of the Kirkland yogurt shop, Ramon Cruz, also apologized.