Men arrested at Starbucks receive free tuition for the University of Arizona

  • Men arrested at Starbucks receive free tuition for the University of Arizona

Men arrested at Starbucks receive free tuition for the University of Arizona

Last month two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia sparking outrage not just in the States, but around the entire world.

The arrests reportedly occurred after Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23-years-old, entered the Starbucks and chose to sit and wait for a third party for a business meeting.

The agreement between the parties stems from the arrest of Robinson and Nelson at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia on April 12 and includes a confidential financial settlement as well as a commitment to continued listening and dialogue between the parties as a means toward developing specific actions and opportunities.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, at first defended his officers' conduct, but days later issued a televised apology for the way the Starbucks call was handled.

Starbucks also agreed to pay for their college educations.

"On Monday, June 11, 2018, we will close all our company-operated stores and offices across Canada for a portion of the afternoon, for partners to participate in a training session created to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome", Starbucks Canada said in a statement Friday.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized for the arrests, calling them "reprehensible".

"Robinson and Nelson also will be able to share their experiences with" former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as part of the company's long-term diversity and equity efforts", a Starbucks statement explained.

As Johnson said previously, "I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile". When they did not, an employee called the police. Robinson and Nelson spent eight hours in jail before they were released without any charges filed or changes to their criminal records. "We all recognize the importance of communication about differences and solutions, and that we will be measured by our action not words".

The two are turning this into a positive as the city also has agreed to work with them and a non-profit organization to fund a $200,000 grant to help high school students develop their entrepreneurial skills.

"I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner", Mayor Jim Kenney said. "This is not something that we just want to do for a year with the grant that we are blessed with".