Innocent Men Arrested In Philly Starbucks Reach A Settlement With City And Starbucks

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Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson

The two innocent men arrested for sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia while they waited for a friend have reached what looks like a positive outcome and settlement with the city for the symbolic amount of $1 each.

They asked the city to make a $200,000 commitment to a youth entrepreneurship program, open to Philadelphia public high school students.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were waiting to have a business meeting concerning real estate with their friend, but instead, the manager called the police, and the two were put in handcuffs on April 12.

The incident inspired national protests about racial profiling, and Starbucks tried to make amends and added changes to their training programs immediately, including shutting down all of their U.S. stores to conduct racial-bias training.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson went on Good Morning America to personally apologize to Nelson and Robinson.

Johnson was very pleased with the outcome today. He said:

“I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile. I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says he’s also pleased to have a resolution:

“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner. This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons.”

Starbucks announced they settled with the men but didn’t say if it involves the entrepreneurship fund. They agreed to:

“…Continued listening and dialogue between the parties and specific action and opportunity.”

Donte Robinson says he thinks they will see long-term change for the better.

“We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see. It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time,” he said.

For more about the incident see the interview from ABC News below:


Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube video.

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