2 men arrested at Starbucks settle for $1 each

Rashon Nelson left and Donte Robinson both 23 pose for a portrait in Philadelphia in April. The two black men arrested for sitting at a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia without ordering anything settled with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1

Rashon Nelson left and Donte Robinson both 23 pose for a portrait in Philadelphia in April. The two black men arrested for sitting at a Starbucks cafe in Philadelphia without ordering anything settled with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1

The two Black men who were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks have reached a settlement with the city and the coffee chain on Wednesday.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested in Philadelphia on April 12, sparking global outrage, protests at Starbucks outlets and anguished soul-searching about America's lingering problems of racial discrimination.

Police released the men hours later without charges. The coffee shop giant has previously announced that it would close about 8,000 company-owned stores in the USA on May 29 for racial bias training.

The agreement includes a confidential financial settlement as well as a commitment to continued listening and dialogue between the parties as a means toward developing specific actions and opportunities.

"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", Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

Under the deal with the city, the men's arrest records will be expunged, and an entrepreneur program will be created to offer mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs from Philadelphia high schools.

Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" a week after the arrest that they had been waiting at the Starbucks for a business meeting involving a real estate project they had been working on for months.

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The company did not disclose the value of the settlement but said it would give details in a joint statement.

Nelson and Robinson will not receive any of that money, he said.

And as part of the agreement, Robinson and Nelson will have an opportunity to provide input based on their personal experience to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as part of the companys long-term diversity and equity efforts.

The worldwide coffee company will also give the men an opportunity to complete their bachelor's degrees with a fully funded scholarship through a Starbucks partnership with Arizona State University.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross previously defended the officers' action, saying they "did absolutely nothing wrong". Starbucks and Philadelphia Police were widely criticised for "racial profiling", after a video showing officers taking the men away in handcuffs at the Philadelphia store went viral on social media.

Mr Johnson added that he wishes to "thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile".

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