Friday, 15 February, 2019

Violent arrest of woman at Alabama Waffle House sparks outrage

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Melinda Barton | 24 April, 2018, 04:03

The whole incident - including the exposure of her breasts as her top was pulled down during the scuffle on the floor - was captured on cellphone video by Clemons's friend Canita Adams and has since gone viral on social media, sparking outrage across Alabama and beyond.

According to AL.com, the incident happened early Sunday at the restaurant in Saraland, near Mobile, Al., with Clemons told she would have to pay for cutlery while placing her order.

On social media posts, Adams said the disagreement stemmed from an employee charging her 50 cents for plastic utensils she claims are usually free.

The employee then canceled the order, according to the police report, which prompted Clemons to ask for the contact information of the restaurant's manager.

When asked if race played a factor in the arrest of Clemons, Sims said, "All statements were in concert that it was based exclusively on the fact that they were asked to take their beverages out and not consume them on the premises based on Waffle House policy". "I'm about to break your arm, that's what I'm about to do", a police officer responded. She is heard telling the police she was waiting for the number to Waffle House's corporate office so she could file a complaint against one of the waitresses.

The video shows one officer pulling on the woman's arm after they were called over an argument with employees.

"... [I] t's fair to say that the information we have received at this point differs significantly from what has reportedly been attributed to Ms. Clemons and strongly supports the actions taken by the Saraland Police Department", Warner told AL.com in an emailed statement.

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That graphic video shows three white male police officers putting the black woman into handcuffs.

'The situation is being thoroughly reviewed and is under active investigation right now. "Our department strives for transparency". The caller said, "I was told to call by one of our managers that we have customers in here".

Pat Werner, a spokesperson for Waffle House, spoke on the incident, saying the company was still obtaining information but believed "there was a reason to question Clemons' account of the incident".

Clemons was arrested at 2:45 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Officials from the Saraland police department are slated to hold a press conference to discuss Clemons' arrest on Monday afternoon. We take this matter very seriously and think it is important for all those involved or interested in the matter to exercise caution until the facts are developed.

The NAACP's Mobile branch said the video was "shocking".

The violent encounter has added fuel to nationwide scrutiny over the way Black Americans are treated by police in public spaces, a controversy sparked by the recent arrests of two African- American men at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The department didn't respond to multiple inquiries from ABC News for additional comments.