Arrest of black woman at Waffle House Arouses Criticism


So imagine how upset I was to hear that a killer walked into a Waffle House armed with an AR-15 style rifle, and that he proceeded to kill four people and wound four others before a fearless and heroic customer sprung into action to stop the carnage.

The appalling video showed a police officer grabbing Clemons while she was sitting next to a window. Y'all haven't told me anything that I did wrong?' as she is held on the ground after her top has slipped down her chest. Clemons can be heard yelling, "What are you doing?" as officers attempted to handcuff her on the ground. At a news conference Monday, police said three were required because she was resisting arrest. As the altercation continues, the woman's clothes are pulled down, revealing her breasts.

At one point in the recording, the same officer is also seen putting his hand on Clemons' neck.

Tartt added that Clemons is not speaking with media at the advice of her attorney.

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". Clemons, who was intending to file a complaint, requested the number because a woman working at the diner was going to charge her 50 cents for plastic utensils, which the establishment had never done before.

Clemons was arrested at approximately 2:45 a.m. for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She is now out on bail after her mother, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, posted her $1,000 bond.

An Alabama police department says it's investigating after video showed a black woman being knocked down by police and arrested inside a restaurant. She said a police report might eventually be released but that the city has no immediate plans to publish the document, which would likely clarify the precise official reason officers gave for using force to effect an arrest.

Today we may get a statement from Waffle House's parent company today. One protester was arrested; it's unclear why he was taken into custody.

"The Saraland Police Department is aware of the arrest at Waffle House and the accompanying video on social media", the statement said.

"Our department strives for transparency and we encourage our community to be aware of current events", the statement read. The situation is being thoroughly reviewed and is under active investigation right now. "When the facts of the investigation are gathered, we will have a response".

A second and third camera angle showed views from behind the Waffle House counter and one from above the door looking into the restaurant.

The Mobile chapter of the NAACP told it was also gathering information about 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.