Settlement reached in arrest of black men at Starbucks

Settlement reached in arrest of black men at Starbucks

Rather than pursue a lawsuit against the city Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson have settled for $1 each and a $200,000 for a program for young entrepreneurs.

Also, the men will be given the chance to discuss their experience and share their recommendations for changes at Starbucks with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Funds for the $200,000 program will come from the city's Finance Department budget, Dunn said.

The statement said that "after constructive conversations and mediation before a retired federal judge in Philadelphia", both sides reached a settlement agreement earlier in the week that would allow them "to move forward and continue to talk and explore means of preventing similar occurrences at any Starbucks location".

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Two minutes later, she called the police to report that "two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave".

Police detain a man at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, in a picture grab obtained from a social media video.

The arrests prompted a #BoycottStarbucks campaign and protests at the store in Center City.

The two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks struck a deal with the city for a whopping $2.

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"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", Kenney said in a statement.

It added that the two men had been offered the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a program that covers tuition for eligible employees in the United States for an online degree program offered by Arizona State University.

Philadelphia police chief Richard Ross publicly apologized for the incident, admitting he "failed miserably" with his initial response.

Robinson and Nelson were waiting for a business partner for a meeting in the restaurant, who came to the store as police led the men away. He also announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the US would close on the afternoon of May 29 so almost 175,000 employees can get training in unconscious bias.

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"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", Robinson said, according to an Associated Press report. The incident took place on April 12, which was followed by a public apology by the Starbucks CEO.

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