UPDATE (3:20 p.m.) — A statement was released by Waffle House to News 5 Monday afternoon about the incident.
” We are still obtaining and reviewing information. However, the information we have received at this point differs significantly from what has reportedly been attributed to Ms. Clemons. After reviewing our security video of the incident and eye witness accounts, police intervention was appropriate. The Saraland Police Department is conducting its own investigation. We take this matter very seriously and think it is important for all those involved or interested in the matter to exercise caution until the facts are developed.Greg RollingsWaffle House, Inc.”
UPDATE: PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NAACP: News 5 will have LIVE coverage of the meeting on Facebook.
MOBILE NAACP TO HEAR TODAY FROM WOMEN INVOLVED IN SARALAND WAFFLE HOUSE INCIDENT THIS MORNING
(Mobile, AL — April 22, 2018) – Chikesia Clemons and her friend Canita Adams, who videotaped a graphic encounter with police at the Saraland Waffle House early this morning, have been invited to speak at the Mobile County NAACP Branch #5044’s general membership meeting.
The meeting takes place today, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church No. 1
409 Lexington Avenue
Mobile, AL 36603
Mobile NAACP President David Smith said he and other members were disturbed by the way Saraland police officers handled Ms. Clemons during their encounter at the Waffle House around 2 a.m. this morning. Ms. Adams captured the incident in video and pictures with her camera phone and posted them on social media. Both women are slated to appear today during the local unit’s monthly meeting.
“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,” Smith said.
“When incidents like this happen in our own backyard, it is incumbent upon the local NAACP to take a closer look and move the matter to whatever level is appropriate,” he said.
Here is the meeting:
News 5 has received multiple questions regarding a video showing police appearing to arrest a woman inside a Waffle House. News 5 has reviewed a video of the incident that was posted to 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’s 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 to 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 WKRG. 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: