Two black men arrested in Philadelphia Starbucks settle with the city for $ 2 in a symbolic deal
"I am pleased to have solved the potential claims against the city in this productive way, an incident that caused a lot of pain in our city, pain that had surfaced again and again in protracted legal disputes." There are significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for all involved, "Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.
He added that Robinson and Nelson were approaching the city with the idea" to make a positive difference. "
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson thanked the men in a statement for their" willingness to reconcile. "" I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them "An Exchange of Experience" (1
9659002) A lawyer for Nelson and Robinson did not immediately return a request for comment.
The coffee chain on May 29 plans to close more than 8,000 US stores It was an afternoon to train nearly 175,000 workers in "racist education."
Starbucks has also apologized for the arrests of Nelson and Robinson on April 12 while waiting for a business meeting at a Starbucks in Rittenhouse Square. A video of the incident became viral and provoked allegations of racism against the police and the company.
Philadelphia Police Chief Richard Ross also apologized for the arrests. He told reporters that the men had bought nothing and refused to leave. The men were eventually released after about eight hours in police custody, and Starbucks did not file any charges.