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Black men arrested at Starbucks settle for $200000 program

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle for $200000 program

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the world's biggest coffee-shop chain Wednesday for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education.

Nelson and Robinson's arrest sparked a debate in the USA over racial profiling, while Black Lives Matter took their protest directly to the store where the men were arrested.

Mr Robinson and Mr Nelson were arrested after a manager called police to complain that they had not made a purchase and refused to leave.

They were taken to the police station and kept there for more than eight hours before they were released without charges.

Starbucks is closing its 8,000-plus company-owned us stores and the corporate offices for the afternoon of May 29, so employees can undergo racial-bias training.

The statement said that "after constructive conversations and mediation before a retired federal judge in Philadelphia", both sides reached a settlement agreement earlier in the week that would allow them "to move forward and continue to talk and explore means of preventing similar occurrences at any Starbucks location".

"I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner", he said.

They also came to an agreement with the city of Philadelphia, each accepting a settlement of a symbolic $1 and a vow from city officials to launch a $200,000 counseling and mentoring program for young entrepreneurs from local high schools.

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Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson chose not to pursue a lawsuit against the city, Mike Dunn, a spokesman for the city of Philadelphia, told The Washington Post. "And Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to fix and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be", Johnson said.

"This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city", he continued.

In addition, as part of the settlement, the two men will have a chance to share their thoughts with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose part of the team crafting the curriculum for that afternoon training session, Starbucks said.

The global coffee company will also give the men an opportunity to complete their bachelor's degrees with a fully funded scholarship through a Starbucks partnership with Arizona State University.

On April 12, Nelson and Robinson were at a Starbucks waiting for a third man for a meeting.

Shortly after Nelson and Robinson told their story, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross personally apologized and said that if he had done anything to worsen race relations in the city, "shame on me".

"I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile", Johnson said in the statement.