Chipotle suspended a manager after Darius Leonard said he had a racial profile

The 24-year-old man, along with three other black men and a mixed-race woman, was eating at one of the casual chain’s locations in Florence, he explained in an Instagram video posted on Thursday.

Towards the end of your meal, Leonard said in the video that a manager approached the group “with a terrible attitude” to ask if there was a problem. The manager said a white customer had said that Leonard and his group were “verbally abusing him” and “talking trash with him.”

“It was basically a lie,” said Leonard. “They basically kicked us out of Chipotle for that.”

Leonard said the manager told him he would call the police in his group.

“That’s being black in America right now,” Leonard continued. “We don’t even do anything wrong, we go out to eat with his family, we just try to spend some quality time.”

Chipotle suspended the manager while investigating the incident, Chipotle President and CEO Brian Niccol told CNN in a statement on Friday.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind,” said Niccol. “I have personally spoken with Darius and am committed to ensuring that appropriate action is taken once the investigation is complete.”

The case arose when racism became a critical point in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted this month that the league should have listened to players earlier about racism concerns, and the league promised $ 250 million over the next decade to help combat systematic racism.
“Darius’s experience demonstrates the struggle that all African Americans and people of color face every day,” the Colts said in a statement Thursday, according to The Indianapolis Star. “It also demonstrates why we need serious action from our leaders. government, law enforcement, business and ordinary Americans to end systemic racism and injustice and to continue this important dialogue on how to inspire positive change in our country. “

CNN has reached out to Leonard and his team.

When Leonard and his group left the restaurant, the man who made the report laughed at them, he said in his video.

“You can’t even enjoy eating anymore,” said Leonard. “That is the white privilege we are talking about. There is no black (who) can sit there and eat in peace without being racially outlined …

“And you wonder why all the protests and all those things are happening right now. We are tired of this. We are tired of that. And you white people don’t understand what we went through.” . This is very frustrating, very frustrating. And you don’t feel our damn pain. “