The outrage is growing over a viral video showing an Alabama woman being taken to the ground and partially stripped by officers in a Saraland Waffle House Sunday morning.
Chikesia Clemons, 25, is shown in the video with one officer pulling on her arm after they were called over an argument with employees. Clemons said she requested plastic utensils to use for eating, but objected to the extra $.50 fee for them because she has never been charged in the past, reported AL.com.
After seeing the video, Prichard City Councilman Lorenzo Martin went to the police for answers, but police would not give them. Instead, they released a statement:
“The Saraland Police Department is aware of the arrest at Waffle House and the accompanying video on social media. 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. Saraland’s public safety director, Chief J. C. West, and the mayor are aware of the situation and are awaiting the results of the investigation. When the facts of the investigation are gathered, we will have a response.”
The video shows Saraland Police officers speaking briefly with Clemons and refusing to tell her why they want to arrest her before pulling her to the tile floor of the Waffle House.
3 officers stand over Clemons as they pull on her arms and try to handcuff her. During the incident, her clothes are pulled down and her breasts are exposed.
“What are you doing?” Clemons asks.
“I’ll break your arm, that’s what I’m about to do,” an officer responds.
She was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Clems was released on $1000 bond Sunday morning.
Watch the censored video below via AL.com:
The altercation started with an employee refusing to give free plastic utensils for the customer’s meal.
When Clemons and Adams told the employee that they had not been charged for utensils when they purchased food from the same Waffle House the night before, the employee canceled the order, according to Clemons.
Clemons then asked for the contact information of the Waffle House district manager who oversees the Saraland location. While Clemons was waiting for the information, the employee instead decided to call police.
“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, Clemon’s mother said. “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.”