Friday 16 November 2018

Men arrested at Starbucks settle with city for entrepreneur investment scheme

The two black men were held at the Philadelphia coffee shop after the manager called police, saying they had refused to buy anything and would not leave.

Starbucks' CEO has personally apologised to Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson (AP)
Starbucks' CEO has personally apologised to Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson (AP)

By Errin Haines Whack

Two black men who were arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything have settled with the city for a symbolic single dollar each, and a promise from officials to set up a 200,000-dollar (£146,000) programme for young entrepreneurs.

The men’s lawyer and city mayor Jim Kenney outlined the agreement to The Associated Press.

The arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson at the coffee shop on April 12 sparked a furore around the US over racial profiling.

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The arrests sparked furious protests (AP)

The men were led away in handcuffs after the manager called police, saying they had refused to buy anything or leave the shop. After spending hours in jail, they were released and no charges were filed.

The men said they were waiting for a business meeting about a potential property deal.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson came to Philadelphia to personally apologise to the men. He also announced Starbucks shops would close on May 29 for training on bias.

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