Black Men Arrested At Philadelphia Starbucks Settles for a Symbolic $1, City Promises Program for Young Entrepreneurs

Just three weeks after Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were wrongfully accused in Philadelphia Starbucks, the two men have reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia.

According to statement released by Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson along with Nelson and Robinson, they have settled for a symbolic $1 each. In addition, they asked the city to fund $200,000 for a grant program for high school students aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement,

“This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city, pain that would’ve resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation, which presents significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for everyone involved.”

Nelson and Robinson will partner with the city to “make something positive come of this.”

The city of Philadelphia invites the two men to submit thoughts and recommendations to the city solicitor on ways to promote equality in public places.

Washington Post reports that Starbucks reached an agreement with Nelson and Robinson which includes an undisclosed financial settlement.


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