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Teddy Washington, 18, was one of 10 African American Washington University students  involved in the July 7, 2018 incident. Washington poses for a portrait on June 27, 2019
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On July 7, 2018, when Teddy Washington was walking with nine other black incoming Washington University students from the IHOP in Clayton back to campus, the last thing he expected was for the night to end in a confrontation with police officers.

“The emotions I think was mostly shock, but it’s that initial adrenaline rush that you just kind of freeze,” Washington, now 18, said. 

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Wash U Will Raise Its Minimum Hourly Wage To $15 By 2021

Jun 26, 2019
The City of Clayton has apologized to the 10 black Washington University students involved in the July 7 incident.
File Photo | Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

After a year of Fight for $15 protests, Washington University’s chancellor announced on Tuesday that he will raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 for regular employees and basic service contractors by July 1, 2021.

The decision affects about 1,200 regular and contracted workers, according to the Service Employees International Union Local 1.