>> Two black men who's arrest at a Starbucks in April set off nationwide protests reached an agreement with the city of Philadelphia Wednesday. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson will be paid a symbolic dollar each, plus the city promised to set up a $200,000 program from young entrepreneurs. Nelson and Robinson were placed in handcuffs after a Starbucks store manager in Philadelphia called the police saying they had refused to buy anything or leave.
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 real estate deal.>> Shut it down!>> The incident rocked Starbucks as protestors took to the streets with calls to boycott the coffee chain over what many saw as racial profiling.
>> My skin color does not make me a criminal.>> The backlash forced CEO Kevin Johnson to visit Philadelphia, and apologize to the men in person.>> What happened in the way that incident escalated and the outcome was nothing but reprehensible.>> He also announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores would close on May 29th for a new racial bias training for employees.
The two men also received an apology from the city's Police Commissioner, who, at first, defended his officer's handling of the incident.>> Me. I apologized to them.>> Separately on Wednesday, Starbucks announced it had reached a financial settlement with the men, but declined to say whether it would donate to the new entrepreneurship fund.