Two black men arrested at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia last April 12 have dropped their legal charges for $1 each plus a $200K program for young entrepreneurs.
“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.
It can be remembered that these two black men, identified as Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia after staying without ordering anything. The manager called 911 and accused the men of trespassing. As a result, the two men spent hours in jail, but were released without any charges filed against them.
The arrest of the two black men has ruffled quite a few feathers around the U.S. over racial profiling.
During the uproar, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued an apology to the two men. He also sat down with Nelson and Robinson to give his apologies personally. As part of his apology, he announced that employees of more than 8000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. will attend a racial bias training on May 29.
While the $1 each settlement was only symbolic, the overall agreement was an effort to make sure that something positive comes out of this incident.
“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,” said one of the two arrested men, Donte Robinson. “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.”