Two police officers in Alabama hit a woman in a Waffle House on Sunday morning, exposing their breasts during the fight, and making comparisons with two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks earlier this month.
The incident sparked a sit-in protest at the store's Sunday afternoon, calling for responses from the NAACP and celebrities.
A video showing viral Chikesia Clemons, 25, sits in a chair in the restaurant in Saraland, north of Mobile, as one of the officers grab her neck and her right wrist to overwhelm her. Clemons describes a disagreement with a store clerk who has triggered the police reaction. She soon notices her tube shell and raises her arms to cover her chest line.
"You will not grab me like that, no," Clemons tells the officer, who seems to be talking to another officer-camera in the video filmed by Clemons's girlfriend, Canita Adams.
What happens next is unclear. AL.com released an edited version of Adams' video, which jumps to the moment when Clemons and the two officers go down in a violent tumult. It is unclear from the video who initiated the fight that forced Clemons and the officers to the ground.
"What are you doing?" Asks Clemons as the fight continues on the tile floor.
"I'll break your arm, that's what I'm up to," says one officer.
The fight continues and the officers demand that Clemons stop "resisting" while her chest is exposed.
At one point, an officer puts his hand around her neck.
"You strangle me!" Clemons cries.
The officer releases the handle as a third officer nearby gestures with his hand. Clemons was charged with improper conduct and resistance to arrest, her mother Chiquitta Clemons-Howard told AL.com
An officer with a hand around Chikesia Clemons neck. (Canita Adams)
A person was arrested in a protest outside the shop where Clemons was arrested AL.com reported
The arrest of Sunday arrives ten days after the April 12 incident, in which Two black men were arrested at Starbucks in Philadelphia on charges of trespassing. The two men were not charged and later released, but the viral moment led to an apology from Starbucks' chief Kevin Johnson and a decision to close all of his more than 8,000-owned stores for one afternoon in May due to racist prejudice [19659015Clemons-HowardtoldALcomthatthedisputearoseafterherdaughterrefusedtopayadditional50centsforplasticutensils
"You did not even ask her to leave her I'm waiting for her to give her the district chief's card so she can file a complaint with one of the waitresses," Clemons-Howard told the sales office. "When they came to get the card, the police came in. The officer should have come in and said we needed you to leave."
Clemons, Clemons-Howard, and Adams could not be reached for comment.
The Saraland Police Department did not return a request for comment and told AL .com it investigated the incident. It is unclear who called the police.
In a statement to AL.com, Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner said the company is evaluating the incident, but believes that there are reasons to doubt Clemons' version of the incident.
It is fair to say that the information we received at the time was very different from those allegedly attributed to Ms Clemons and they strongly support the actions of the Saraland Police Department, "he told the sales outlet
The Mobile Caption of the NAACP told AL.com that it also collects information about the incident.
"Given the current situation in our country – such as the arrest of two young black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks Coffee Shop – we thought it was important for our members to get a first-hand account of the incident, which has now become viral in local social media and across the country, "said Chapter President David Smith.
Chance the rapper weighed on Monday from 9024] "Protect our women. That's wrong, that's unfair and that happens to many women when there are NO cameras nearby. Stand by our women. Defend their voice, and their right to ask why they are being treated is removed and echoed. Be angry. Be prepared to fight, "he wrote on Twitter with a link to the video and emoji of a middle finger and a pig's paunch in an obvious insult to the police.
The Alabama incident came on the same day that a gunman killed four people using a semi-automatic rifle in the AR-15 Style in a Waffle House off Nashville and fled the scene.This search continues.
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