The two black men arrested in Philadelphia for simply sitting at a Starbucks without ordering anything were determined to make something positive come out of the situation.
Today, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson settled with the city for just $1 each (a symbolic move) and a promise that there will be a $200,000 program set up for young entrepreneurs.
“We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” Robinson told the Associated Press.. “It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time.”
As part of the deal, their arrest record will also be expunged.
Mayor Jim Kenney is please with the settlement. “I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner,” he said. “This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons.”
The arrest, which sparked protests about racial profiling, happened on April 12.