Another black person has been attacked by the police in a Waffle House.
Anthony Wall, 22, was at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina, after taking his 16-year-old sister to prom. According to The Raleigh News & Observer, he began to argue with Waffle House employees, and the police were called.
Wall posted a video of a Warsaw Police Department officer choking him on his Facebook page.
Wall says he did not get combative with the officer until he got physical.
“I was pretty much trying to scream for air and to breathe because he was holding my throat and that’s when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me,” Wall told ABC11.
In the video, Wall is seen with his hands in the air while the officer chokes him.
Wall agrees the argument with the employees was uncalled for, but the officer went overboard.
“Your hands should have never been around my neck like that if my hands was in the air,” he continued.
Warsaw police Chief Eric Southerland released a statement confirming the incident is under investigation.
“We are currently investigating the whole incident, interviewing witnesses and gathering additional video,” Southerland said in the statement. “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.”
Southerland told The News & Observer the chokehold was not proper protocol, but sometimes training doesn’t work in certain situations.
“It’s not what you’re trained to do in incidents like this but when you’re dealing with someone fighting and resisting against an officer, you try to use proper tactics and go for one move, but that might not work because that person is moving or the officer is moving,” Southerland said. “In real versus training situations, moves don’t always work out like you want them to.”
Wall was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for the incident.
Waffle House is not that good for us (black folks) to have to deal with these issues.