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Two Black Men Arrested At Starbucks Agree To Settlement To Pay It Forward

PHILADELPHIA — Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. The men’s lawyer and Mayor Jim Kenney outlined the agreement to The Associated Press.

“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 said. “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.”

via 2 black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philadelphia — Chicago Sun-Times

NYC ARREST VIDEO OF JAMES BLAKE (FORMER TENNIS STAR)

This has left me speechless.

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This is one of those stories along with an accompanying video that makes me sick to my stomach.  My hope and my wish is that James Blake will sue  the arresting officer and the NYC Police Department.  There are too many ways that this incident could have been avoided but instead… this young man was humiliated and cuffed because this overzealous (I could include more adjectives) officer did not do due diligence.  He could have easily identified himself and… questioned Blake until he was satisfied that this was/was not the suspect that he was looking for.

Here is a picture of Blake and the suspect that they were seeking.

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Blake is on the left and the unidentified suspect’s picture is on the right.

  Check out the story from the Associated Press below:

NEW YORK (AP) — Video surveillance released Friday of the mistaken arrest of former tennis star James Blake shows…

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