Anthony Wall, a 22-year-old black man, posted a video on Facebook on Saturday that depicted his abuse at the hands of a local police officer. In the video, Wall is seen being choked and thrown to the ground outside of a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina.
The 22-year-old arrived at a Waffle House dressed in a tuxedo after taking his teen sister to prom. According to ABC 11, that night, Waffle House employees later called police on Wall after an argument reportedly broke out between him and several workers.
The video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday depicted the interaction that ultimately took place with the police officer.
The officer is seen attempting to arrest Wall but resorts to a brutal use of force when Wall seems to resist. The officer grabbed the young man by the neck and choked him before violently slamming him on to the pavement of the parking lot.
In the short video, Wall is heard telling the officer “get your hands off me” and asking to speak with his supervisor. In a second video, he repeats his words while he is hauled off-screen.
There is no video that corroborates the story before or after the violent conduct.
According to ABC 11, “Wall was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for the argument inside the Waffle House.”
“I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat and that's when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me,” Wall told the news outlet. He said he came out of the incident with a back injury and a cut on his arm.
He assumed full responsibility for his argument with the employees but insisted that the officer's actions were unwarranted and unjustified.
Warsaw's Police Chief, Eric Southerland, told ABC 11 that the appropriate authorities have launched an investigation and agreed to share information as it was uncovered.
“We are currently investigating the whole incident, interviewing witnesses and gathering additional video. We have also reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to make him aware of the investigation. Once the investigation is complete and the District Attorney has had a chance to review the case we will provide the public with an update on the findings.”
The officer in the video, who has yet to be officially identified, has taken some days off as part of an unofficial leave, according to Vice News.
Notably, this is the second time in the last month that Waffle House made national news for their treatment of their black patrons. In April, Chikesia Clemons was arrested at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama.
Video footage of the arrest taken by her friend shows multiple officers violently attempting to subdue Clemons. The effort by the police exposed her breasts.
Other accounts of African-American people being harassed by the police have also become viral, including an infamous incident where Starbucks employees called police on two black men that were waiting for a business partner.
The videos of Wall's encounter can be watched below:
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Posted by Anthony Wall on Tuesday, May 8, 2018