Published: Jeu, Mai 03, 2018
Médecine | By Giselle Gaudin

The Two Black Men Arrested At Starbucks Will Receive Full College Tuition

The Two Black Men Arrested At Starbucks Will Receive Full College Tuition

Two black men arrested at a Starbucks settled with the city of Philadelphia for $1 each and an undisclosed settlement with the company.

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson 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.

They were taken to the police station and kept there for more than eight hours before they were released without charges. All 8,000 Starbucks locations will be closed on the afternoon of May 29 so that staff can undergo racial bias education, which the CEO described as "a day of discovery" before noting that "our approach to this will pay long term dividends to Starbucks".

In a statement Wednesday, Johnson thanked the men for "their willingness to reconcile". "I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences".

The employees at the store had reportedly called the police after the men wanted to use the bathroom without buying anything. "Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be".

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Starbucks also reached agreement with Robinson and Nelson this week, the company announced on Wednesday. Yaffe was arriving for the meeting, police officers were putting handcuffs on the men and leading them out of the cafe.

Though the grant will fund the program for only a year, Nelson said the goal is to continue to raise funds to be able to continue it in the future.

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". Johnson dropped everything and came to Philly to personally apologize to the men. The two men in question, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, have accepted a symbolic one dollar settlement each from the city, choosing instead to work with city officials on a new program to help high school students learn entrepreneurial skills.

Jointly they said, "We appreciate the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with Kevin Johnson and the group around the table to address hard issues".

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