|Seattle police officer Jim Ritter|
Starbucks in Seattle are teaming with their Police Department to provide safe spaces in 97 stores in the area. The company will work with SPD's Safe Place program that will train 2,000 Starbucks employees to respond and acknowledge hate crimes and discrimination towards LGBT people.
Openly gay Seattle police officer Jim Ritter stated:
"We don’t have roving bands of people assaulting LBGTQ people as we did in the '80s. But the crimes are predatory, they’re picking somebody out of the herd. They’re cowards for the most part… They’re opportunistic, they do their damage and leave. They like operating in the shadows and Safe Place eliminates a lot of those shadows.”
Sounds like a good plan. Good luck to them.