Philly Men Arrested At Starbucks Settle with City

Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, both 23, sit in their attorney's conference room as they pose for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press Wednesday April 18, 2018 in Philadelphia. Their arrests at a local Starbucks quickly became a viral video and galvanized people around the country who saw the incident as modern-day racism. In the week since, Nelson and Robinson have met with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and are pushing for lasting changes to ensure that what happened to them doesn't happen to future patrons. They are also still processing what it means to have had an everyday encounter escalate into a police confrontation. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right, both 23, sit in their attorney’s conference room as they pose for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press Wednesday April 18, 2018 in Philadelphia. Their arrests at a local Starbucks quickly became a viral video and galvanized people around the country who saw the incident as modern-day racism. In the week since, Nelson and Robinson have met with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and are pushing for lasting changes to ensure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to future patrons. They are also still processing what it means to have had an everyday encounter escalate into a police confrontation. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

The two Black men who were recently arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks have settled for $1. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson made national headlines when they were arrested in Starbucks before making a purchase.

The entrepreneurs were at the coffee shop waiting for a friend, prior to a casual real estate business meeting. According to ABC News New York, they settled with the city for such a small amount for symbolic reasons –also an effort to create something positive from the incident. Part of the settlement requires officials to set up a $200,000 program 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,” said Robinson. “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.”