The treatment of a 25-year-old black woman who was arrested early Sunday morning inside a in by white is quickly driving outrage in and whose arrest was captured on graphic video that is currently going viral on social media, will be speaking to members of the Mobile County Branch Sunday afternoon. Several members held a sit-in protest Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Waffle House where the incident took place.
The whole episode should never have happened, Clemons's Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, told AL.com on behalf of her Sunday afternoon.
The arrest comes at a national moment when the way people of color are treated by in public places is under intense scrutiny, following the April 12 arrests of two black men sitting inside a Philadelphia Starbucks on charges that they were trespassing. That incident caused such an outcry that Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross publicly apologized to the men and Starbucks announced last week that it will close 8,000 U.S. stores for racial bias training.
The new cellphone video, which was captured early Sunday by Clemons's friend Canita Adams, depicts Saraland Police officers speaking briefly with Clemons before pulling her down off a chair and onto the tile floor of the Waffle House.
Three officers stand over Clemons as they pull on her arms and try to flip her over so she can be arrested. In the course of the altercation, her clothes are pulled down to reveal her breasts as white patrons continue to eat in the background. "What are you doing?" Clemons asks at one point, to which an officer responds, "I'll break your arm, that's what I'm about to do." She was ultimately arrested at about 2:45 a.m. and booked on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Clemons-Howard, who said she paid Clemons's $1,000 bond Sunday morning. #rbg #panafrican #blackwomenrock #foodforthought #police #blackisbeautiful #problack #alabama #blackboyjoy #saraland #naacp #daughter #wafflehouse #saralandpoliceofficers #community #blackexcellence #mother #blackgirlsrock #chikesiaclemons #mobile #blackmenrock