These black men wrongfully arrested at Starbucks settle for $1 and give youth $200K 

Bridget Boakye May 3, 2018 at 02:12pm

May 03, 2018 at 02:12 pm | News

Bridget Boakye

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

May 03, 2018 at 02:12 pm | News

The two black men who were arrested while waiting in a Starbucks last month have reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia. Both will receive $1 each and the city will spend $200,000 to help young entrepreneurs.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both 23, were arrested on suspicion of trespassing on April 12th. The men are real estate brokers and were waiting on a third party for a meeting.

When the men asked to use the restroom before they had purchased anything, an employee said no, and they were eventually asked to leave. When they did not, an employee called the police.

Melissa DePino, a white woman present when the event transpired, recorded and shared it on social media, where went viral and ignited fiery criticism of Starbucks and the city of Philadelphia.

Starbucks did not press charges and the two were later released.

According to reports, this is what the two men asked for when they approached city officials and agreed not to file a lawsuit against Philadelphia or its employees.

“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the City in this productive manner,” Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia said in a statement. “This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our City, pain that would’ve resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation.”

Starbucks has also reached an agreement with the two men which “includes a confidential financial settlement.”

Many have praised the men for their selfless act in the city settlement, citing their decision to give back to the community.

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