People in Alabama and around the country are voicing their outrage over a video showing a 25-year-old Black woman getting violently arrested by a white police officer inside a Waffle House on Sunday morning.
Chikesia Clemons of Mobile was asking for plastic utensils at the Saraland Waffle House when she became the victim of excessive force by a Saraland officer, according to AL.com.
Clemons's mother, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, told AL.com the violent arrest should never have happened.
The cellphone video, recorded by Clemons's friend Canita Adams, shows a brief interaction between Clemons and the Saraland Police officers before the 25-year-old was pulled to the ground.
A total of three officers can be seen standing over Clemons and trying to pull her arms so they can arrest her. Somewhere along the way, Clemons’ clothes are partially pulled off, exposing her breast to customers that remained in the restaurant.
"What are you doing?" Clemons can be heard asking an officer.
"I'll break your arm, that's what I'm about to do,” the officer responded.
Just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, Clemons was booked on charges of disorderly conduct resisting arrest.
What disturbs Clemons’ mother the most is that her daughter was brutally arrested over a plastic utensils dispute.
While placing an order at the restaurant, Clemons asked for plastic utensils, which she had done in the past, but this time she was told by a female employee that plastic utensils costs an extra 50 cents, according to Clemons-Howard.
When Clemons and Adams said they purchased food the night before and didn’t pay for utensils, the unidentified employee canceled their order. Clemons then asked for the contact information of the Waffle House district manager.
"They didn't even ask her to leave, she was waiting for them to give her the district manager's card so she could file a complaint on one of the waitresses," Clemons-Howard told AL.com. "When they went to go get the card, that's when the police showed up. The officer should've come in and said we need you to leave."
Mobile NAACP President David Smith said in a Sunday statement that the organization is investigating the incident.
"In light of the current situation in our country -- such as the arrest of two young black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop -- we felt it was important for our members to get a first-hand account of the incident, which has now gone viral on social media locally and across the country," Smith said.
Det. Collette Little, a spokeswoman with the Saraland Police Department, issued a statement Sunday saying that the department will provide a more detailed statement after they’ve concluded their investigation.
"The Saraland Police Department is aware of the arrest at Waffle House and the accompanying video on social media," the statement said. "The situation is being thoroughly reviewed and is under active investigation right now. Our department strives for transparency and we encourage our community to be aware of current events."FOX10 News | WALA
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