The woman at the center of the Saraland Waffle House controversy spoke publicly for the first time Sunday about the arrest that put her in the spotlight. Chikesia Clemons spoke on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.
While this is the first time we’ve heard from Clemons since the incident she didn’t seem to address the incident in question. In his first question, Rev. Al Sharpton said he realized Clemons couldn’t say much about it as the case is already going through the court system. Sharpton first asked her about how she is doing since the arrest.
“I’m just taking it day by day, it’s just so hard on me, I can’t eat I can’t sleep, I’m constantly crying, I have a six-year-old daughter, I’m trying to be strong for her,” said Chikesia Clemons. She continued, “She sees me crying, she starts to cry so it’s very hard on me at the time right now.” She also talked about how people have come to her defense since video of the arrest spread around the country.
“I’m so appreciative of the love and support you guys have been giving, I ask you guys continue to be behind me as you fight for justice for me,” said Clemons. Her attorney Benjamin Crump also spoke. Crump said, “There are two independent white women who were in the restaurant that night that said what the waitress did and more importantly what the Saraland Police did, Reverend Al, was just unacceptable.”
Sharpton posted clips of the interview on his Facebook page.
Al Sharpton, along with attorney Benjamin Crump, will be in Mobile to host a town hall meeting on the controversial Saraland Waffle House arrest next week.
The meeting will take place Tuesday, May 1 at Bethel AME Church starting at 7 p.m.
Bethel AME is located on. 714 Savannah Street.
Saraland Police say Clemons and a friend were drunk when they entered the Waffle House early Sunday morning and they brought alcohol into the store. Police say she threatened to “shoot up the place.” They shared a picture of her in jail holding a trash can, stating that she had to throw up because she was drunk.
Attorneys for Clemons say some witnesses dispute the officer’s account. Video of her arrest went viral almost immediately sparking outrage and controversy.