Sparse attendance at Waffle House protests in Mobile County

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At least two protests at Waffle Houses in Mobile County are raising a question on how much momentum this movement in favor of Chikesia Clemons really has.  The first protest happened Saturday morning outside the Waffle House on Government Street in Mobile.  About a dozen people showed up, chanting slogans and demanding justice for the woman arrested two weeks ago at a Waffle House in Saraland.

“We want justice for how she was assaulted, we want the city of Saraland to be held accountable for the police officers who drug Ms. Clemons out, who stripped her naked inside the Waffle House, we want the Waffle House to be held accountable for calling the police on this patron of their establishment,” said Mobile protester Quinn Pugh.  Another protest was planned for the Waffle House in Saraland where the arrest happened.  It was supposed to start at noon but a lot of time was spent debating whether that protest was going to happen based on the number of people who showed up.  Eventually, a group of protesters walked into the Waffle House for a sit-in.  Organizers though had a lot to say about the arrest that has captured the nation’s attention.

“I would love to be able to sit at Waffle House and not be identified as a criminal, I would love to be able to walk around a Walmart and not be followed around, I would love to be myself, I don’t want to have to teach my son how to be treated when he gets pulled over by the police,” said protester Christopher Mungin who came to Saraland from Atlanta this morning.  While attendance at protests supporting Clemons may have been relatively low, fundraising remains high.   A Go Fund Me page for Chikesia Clemons is no longer accepting donations.  The page was set up a short time after her arrest.  Donations stopped at $25,803.  

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