The Alabama Police were severely criticized following an incident which took place on Wednesday at the Waffle House restaurant in Saraland. Several eyewitnesses described how police officers brutalized an African-American woman after being summoned by the one the restaurant’s employees.
Alabama Police Says African-American Woman Threatened to Shoot Everyone Inside
Benjamin Crump, a Saraland civil rights attorney, described the Wednesday Waffle House restaurant incident as appalling and a clear violation of human rights. More than that, Crump declared that he already spoke to the victim’s family who intends to press charges against the police officer involved.
As it happens, a customer who witnessed the entire incident managed to record it and to upload the video on his social media account.
The movie depicts an African-American woman, later identified as Chikesia Clemons, arguing with two police officers inside the Waffle House restaurant. At one point during their conversation, the arresting officer can be seen twisting the woman’s hand and threatening to break her arm if she did not comply.
Later that day, the Alabama Police Department issued a public statement detailing the incident. According to a police spokesperson, the authorities were summoned to the Waffle House restaurant by a member of the staff after a woman entered the locale and threatened to shoot everyone. More than that, it would appear that the woman was in advanced state of intoxication.
The authorities were called right after a staff member approached the woman and asked her to put away the bottle she bought from a nearby liquor store. Refusing, the suspect uncorked the bottle and began drinking.
After a while, she started yelling at serves and other clients. Crump noted that even though the woman had a disruptive behavior, the way the authorities intervened was way too brutal.
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