Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson the two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything that sparked an outrage in the nation that followed with protests, have settled with the city Wednesday. The gentlemen have agreed on a symbolic $1and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.
Robinson and Rashon who are entrepreneurs along with their lawyer told The Associated Press the that they wanted something positive to come out of the settlement.
“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.”
Rashon Nelson and Robinson were arrested on April 12 in a Philadelphia Starbucks and led out by police in handcuffs. The two spent hours in jail and later released with no charges filed.
Their arrest record will be expunged as part of the deal.
Apologies have come from Starbucks CEO as well offering racial bias training for Starbucks employees.