- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The chief executive of Starbucks is expected to meet with the family of a Milwaukee man killed by a police officer.

Representatives of both Starbucks and the family of Dontre Hamilton say Wednesday’s meeting will be private.

Hamilton was shot 14 times by Officer Christopher Manney outside a Starbucks in downtown Milwaukee last April. Starbucks employees called police after seeing Hamilton sleeping outside the coffee shop.

The death of Hamilton, who’s black, by Manney, who’s white, has sparked demonstrations in Milwaukee. Manney says Hamilton grabbed his police baton and hit him, that’s why he opened fire.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently launched an initiative called “Race Together” to generate discussions about diversity. Some customers complained on social media when baristas were asked to initiate conversations about race. Starbucks has since dropped that aspect of the initiative.

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