A Black Woman Was Violently Arrested Inside An Alabama Waffle House After A Disagreement Over Utensils
Chikesia Clemons was arrested Sunday morning inside an Alabama Waffle House. In a video, she can be heard yelling, "What are you doing" as cops handcuff her on the ground.
April 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm
A 25-year-old black woman was arrested by white officers early Sunday morning inside a Waffle House in Mobile County, Alabama. Chikesia Clemons' arrest was captured in a graphic viral video which sparked outrage and protests.
According to AL.com, Clemons was arrested around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday after reportedly engaging in a dispute over plastic utensils with a Waffle House employee. Clemons' mother, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, told AL.com that her daughter asked for plastic utensils when the employee told her she'd have to pay 50 cents. Clemons then told the employee that she had not previously been charged for utensils, and the employee then reportedly canceled the order. The arrest occurred some time after Clemons asked for the Waffle House district manager's contact information, Clemons-Howard told AL.com.
Clemons can be heard asking, “what are you doing?” to the officers before one responds, “I’m about to break your arm, that’s what I'm about to do.”
"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."
When police officers arrived, they can be seen tackling Clemons to the ground after an exchange. Clemons can be heard yelling, "What are you doing?" as officers attempted to handcuff her on the ground.
The Saraland Police Department issued the following statement on the incident on Sunday, AL.com reported:
"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."