Video of a woman’s arrest in Waffle House was posted to social media and has sparked concern and protests since Sunday.
The NAACP sat down with the woman in the video, identified as Chikesia Clemons. In a news conference on Sunday, the NAACP called the images “disturbing”.
News 5 has received multiple questions regarding a video showing police appearing to arrest a woman inside a Waffle House. In reviewing the video posted on social media, it appears to show an officer holding a woman sitting in a chair. The clip then cuts to a shot of the woman being thrown on the ground by two officers.
It is unclear what prompted the officers’ actions because it appears a portion of the video has been edited out. As the clip continues to play, the woman’s clothes appear to slide off during the incident, exposing her breasts. While she is on the ground, an officer attempts to put her arm behind her back, possibly trying to handcuff her. Another officer appears to pull a taser while the woman is on the ground. The video shows at least three officers involved.
The following is a press release from the Saraland Police Department:
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 NAACP has posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
We are aware of the shocking Waffle House arrest in Saraland.
If you are interested in our assistance and you are the person arrested or the person who filmed the arrest, please send us a direct message on Facebook or through our website here: https://mobilecountynaacp.org/contact-us/
Everyone else, we appreciate the encouragement and for everyone trying to make us aware. As you may know, the NAACP does not take other peoples’ cases without their consent. We will be reaching out to the directly-involved individuals as soon as an opportunity arises. If you know those directly-involved people, please have them reach out to us if they are interested.
For those interested in our programs, our Mobile County NAACP General Membership meeting is today, Sunday April 22 from 3pm-4:30pm at Greater Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church #1, 409 Lexington Ave, Mobile, Alabama 36603.
A link to the video can be found here; however, the link will take you to an external site not associated with WIAT. The video may contain graphic images.
Prichard City Councilman Lorenzo A. Martin went live on his Facebook page Sunday morning discussing the incident and visiting locations such as the Saraland Waffle House and the Saraland Police Department. He states in one of the videos, “my classmate called me and that’s her daughter.”
Here are his Facebook lives: