Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philly for $2

Blanche Robertson
May 3, 2018

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the situation at the Starbucks "evoked a lot of pain" for the city, adding that he's happy that a settlement could be reached in a "productive manner".

"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", said Donte Robinson of the settlements. Nelson and Robinson will not receive any of that money, he said.

Beyond that, the pair will also have the chance to make recommendations for changes to the establishment's practices with former United States Attorney General Eric Holder.

The men will work with the city and a nonprofit organization to develop criteria, review applications and award the $200,000 grant, Dunn said.

The Philadelphia mayor's office has not responded to a request for comment from Newsweek.

"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.

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In April, a Starbucks manager called cops on Nelson and Robinson because they hadn't ordered anything. "I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences".

"And I just left it at that", Nelson told "Good Morning America" last month. As Mr. Yaffe was coming at the meeting, police officials were placing handcuffs on the two guys and leading them from their cafe. Officers arrived a few minutes later. Yet as cynical as it sounds, Johnson is probably right: even the loudest and most righteous calls for a full-scale boycott (especially after racial bias training) to bring down a company so enmeshed in the daily lives of its customers that they have their own rewards credit card.

Charges of trespassing and creating a disturbance were dropped that night.

Philadelphia police chief Richard Ross publicly apologized for the incident, admitting he "failed miserably" with his initial response. The training was provided to almost 175,000 employees across the country, and will become part of the on-boarding process for new employees, whom Starbucks calls partners.

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

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