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Fayetteville man, attorneys take aim at Waffle House after viral video

Fayetteville man, attorneys take aim at Waffle House after viral video”

The incident occurred on the night of May 4, and began when Anthony Wall, his younger sister, whom he had taken to her high school prom, and a group of friends tried to sit down at an uncleared table at a Waffle House in the small town of Warsaw, North Carolina.

Reportedly, Wall complained the table they were sitting at was dirty, which was when the 22-year-old says he was verbally attacked.

The mayor of Warsaw, A.J. Connors, said Friday that Walls' arrest wasn't related to race. "I was pretty upset, but then [another employee] called me a f*ggot and all kind of other names. He was taking off his shirt to fight me, but one of the other workers did hold him back". But Wall said Monday that it didn't stop there.

Wall and the employee got into an argument, and another employee called the police.

This incident comes a few weeks after a black woman was arrested inside an Alabama Waffle House after refusing to pay 50 cents for plastic utensils and asking for the company's corporate office number. "I have been threatened and people are telling me what they want to do to me", said Wall in an interview with theGrio. "This was a young man who had broken the law, and a law enforcement officer arrested him". A police officer arrived and then choked and slammed Wall to the ground.

"He put up a struggle and eventually he was brought outside, gotten outside and in the midst of things more physical contact took place", Connors said.

"I was terrified and thinking if he's doing this to me without handcuffs, what is he going to do to me once he gets the cuffs on", Wall told The Grio.

Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that people need to stay out of Waffle House until the restaurant chain commits to employee training, discussing racism and implementing changes.

"The officer left me in that auto by myself along with the dog barking and growling in the backseat", Wall said. He came back to the auto and said he was securing the guard. "It was the Waffle House employees who were unprofessional to their customers", said Crump. He shouted, "Get your hands off me". The officer is on administrative leave.

"You don't see professionalism here, what you see is anger and aggression", said Rogers, his attorney. "I don't think it was a surprise that they chose him to be in that auto when there were four other cars to choose from".

In a statement from the police department, investigators say they didn't know how rough the arrest was until Wednesday, when the video was getting national attention, according to CBS affiliate WNCT.

"A 32-second excerpt from a bystander cellphone video of an incident that was 5-10 minutes long, edited to that 32 seconds, in my view, for maximum dramatic effect, making it look like an innocent man being jumped, essentially, by a police officer because of a verbal disagreement", Barfield said.

Police Chief Eric Southerland told NBC an officer can use physical force on a subject if the person is not complying, and said an internal investigation is ongoing.



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