Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philly for $2

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philly for $2

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.

The two men also asked the city to create a program for Philadelphia public high school students with aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs.

Mayor Kenney lauded the idea, saying pain from the incident would have resurfaced "over and over again" had litigation unfolded.

Kenney said Nelson and Robinson approached the city as partners "to make something positive come of this".

The pair are represented by Stewart L. Cohen and Harry M. Roth of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., a Philadelphia law firm.

Nelson and Robinson will also have their arrest record expunged under the settlement.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the arrests, calling them "reprehensible".

"We all recognise the importance of communication about differences and solutions, and that we will be measured by our action not words", they said in a joint statement. And Starbucks agreed to pay for a college education for them.

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"I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences".

The men portrayed the twin settlements as an effort to make sure something positive came out of the April 12 incident, which touched off a furor around the US over racial profiling.

"And I just left it at that", Nelson told "Good Morning America" last month. They certainly were requested to depart, and once they did not, law enforcement were called by a member of staff.

The employees at the store had reportedly called the police after the men wanted to use the bathroom without buying anything. Ross had previously said the officers involved "did absolutely nothing wrong".

Starbucks has sought to fix damage to its image by apologising and ordering all its stores and corporate offices across the United States to close for an afternoon on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education".

In its announcement on Wednesday, " Starbucks stated its agreement with Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson "will enable both sides to move forwards and keep on to speak and research ways of avoiding similar happenings at any Starbucks place.

As protests broke out at the Philadelphia Starbucks, Johnson and Schultz appeared in television interviews to pledge that the company would work to combat unconscious-bias and racial profiling among its employees.

"I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile", Johnson said in the statement.

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