May 2, 2018

Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks settle for $1

Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks cafe by Philadelphia police last month have reached a financial settlement with the city. The settlement, which was confirmed to BBC News by a spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny, includes a vow from the city to contribute $200,000 to the new programme. The grant money will go towards creating a pilot programme "For city public high school students with aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs, as envisioned by Robinson and Nelson, who will not receive any money from the grant", the city announced in a press release. The 12 April arrest led to protests at Starbucks cafes around the country, while other customers shared claims of racial profiling by company staff. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson came to Philadelphia to personally apologise to the two men.

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