Black Men Arrested At Philadelphia Starbucks Settle For $1 & This One Promise
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two Black men who were wrongfully arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for sitting and waiting for a friend, have finally reached a settlement with the city. According to BBC, the two 23-year-old men will each receive $1 and a promise that a programme will be set up in the city that will assist and benefit young entrepreneurs. The city will be starting the foundation with $200,000 for "public high school students with aspirations becoming entrepreneurs, as envisioned by Robinson and Nelson, who will not receive any money from the grant."
Rashon and Donte were arrested on April 12th while they were waiting to secure a possible real estate deal. The manager called the police, accusing them trespassing and causing a disturbance.
"This was an incident that evoked a lot pain in our city," Mayor Jim Kenney said. "Rather than spending time, money, and resources to engage in a potentially adversarial process, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson approached the city and invited us to partner with them in an attempt to make something positive come this. This agreement is the result those conversations, and I look forward to seeing the fruits this effort in the coming months and years."