The two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last month have reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia for $1 each that includes a $200,000 commitment for a youth entrepreneurship program.
“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) said in outlining the agreement with the men’s lawyer, The Associated Press reports.
“This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons.”
On April 12, a Starbucks manager called police on Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson shortly after their arrival, saying they refused to buy anything or leave.
The men said they were waiting for a friend to show up to a scheduled business meeting at the cafe.
Starbucks announced it had reached a separate settlement with the men Wednesday.
“I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. “I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences.”
Johnson also announced the coffee chain would close stores on May 29 for training on bias.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018