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Police Pin Black Woman To The Ground, Expose Her Breasts In Alabama Waffle House
The dispute began as Chikesia Clemons argued over a charge for plastic utensils.
Police in Saraland, Alabama are investigating a video of officers pinning a black woman to the ground while exposing her breasts in a Waffle House.
Following the highly publicized arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks last week, it is another incident stirring outrage over the police treatment of black customers.
Cell phone video of Chikesia Clemons' on Sunday was captured by one of her friends, according to AL.com. The video depicts police officers pulling Clemons off a chair and threatening to break her arm. During the skirmish, Clemons' shirt is pulled down, exposing her to the restaurant. The dispute began as Clemons argued over a charge for plastic utensils.
Clemons was arrested at 2:45 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, Clemons' mother, says the entire ordeal should have never happened.
"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."
The Saraland Police Department is investigating the incident, as is the NAACP.
"In light of the current situation in our country -- such as the arrest of two young black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop -- we felt it was important for our members to get a first-hand account of the incident, which has now gone viral on social media locally and across the country," Mobile NAACP President David Smith said in a statement.
The local NAACP chapter organized a meeting to discuss the incident and hear testimony from Clemons, according to WKRG-TV in Mobile.
Waffle House has not commented.
In the wake of the similar incident at Starbucks, the coffee chain's stores will all close on May 29 for racial bias training.
The arrest of Chikesia Clemons ocurred on the same day as a shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. Police are currently hunting for Travis Reinking, 29, the gunman who killed four on Sunday.
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