Two black men arrested last month at a Starbucks in Philadelphia while waiting for a business associate have agreed to release the city from any legal claims in exchange for the payment of $1 each and a promise to donate $200,000 to a program for aspiring entrepreneurs. This is a teachable moment for the country, Starbucks, and Kanye.
The arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson on April 12 touched off a furor around the USA over racial profiling.
"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, one of those arrested. "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".
After constructive conversations, Donte Robinson, Rashon Nelson and Kevin Johnson, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) reached an agreement earlier this week.
The store manager had called police on the men, saying they refused to buy anything or leave.
The men's lawyer and city mayor Jim Kenney outlined the agreement to The Associated Press. The men did not order anything, but asked to use the bathroom while they waited for a meeting.
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Meanwhile, an enquiry into the incident, to be conducted by Divisional Commissioner, Shimla , was ordered, officials said. Their 24-year-old son recently completed his MBBS from the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla .
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything. Officers arrested Nelson and Robinson, but charges were not filed.
"This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons", Kenney says. Starbucks later apologized for the incident.
Robinson and Nelson intend to focus the public reaction to their arrest toward providing opportunities for young people from underserved communities.
Johnson also announced the coffee chain would close stores on May 29 for training on bias.
"I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences".