Rashon Nelson And Donte Robinson, The Men Arrested In Starbucks, Settled For $1 Each And A $200K Fund For Young Entrepreneurs
The men wanted "true change."
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two black men who were arrested within two minutes of entering a Philadelphia Starbucks last month have reached a creative settlement with the city.
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According to the Associated Press, Nelson and Robinson reached a settlement deal that includes a symbolic $1 to each of them and a promise from Philadelphia to establish a $200,000 fund for young entrepreneurs.
"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 Robinson. "It's not a right-now thing that's good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time."
Their arrest records will also be cleared as part of the deal. Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney was also satisfied with the outcome of the case.
"I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner," Kenney said. "This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons."
Nelson and Robinson were arrested on April 12 after entering a Starbucks in Philly’s affluent Rittenhouse Square neighborhood for a business meeting. A video of their arrest went viral and resulted in Starbucks vowing to close their stores on May 29 for a racial bias training.