Police are investigating a viral video featuring a police officer choking and slamming a young black man up against a wall on Saturday at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina.
What’s the background?
According to WTVD-TV, 22-year-old Anthony Wall had just taken his 16-year-old sister to her high school prom.
After the soirée, Wall and some friends decided to go to a local Waffle House, where he reportedly got into an argument with several of the restaurant workers.
It is unclear at the time of this writing what “argument” means in this instance, or what prompted said argument.
WTVD reported that police were called to remove Wall from the eatery, and that’s when things went downhill and an officer’s hands ended up wrapped around Wall’s throat.
Wall told WTVD, “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.”
He told the station that while he takes full responsibility for his actions inside the Waffle House — which have yet to be revealed — he does not feel his behavior warranted the officer’s manhandling.
“Your hands should have never been around my neck like that if my hands were in the air,” Wall added.
What are the details of the video?
Viral video of the incident, shared by Wall, shows an unidentified police officer grabbing the young man by the throat, choking him, and slamming him up against the facade of the Waffle House.
The officer then wrestles Wall, who is visibly upset and shaking, to the ground where he remains for the duration of the video, which is just 27 seconds long.
Several times throughout the video, Wall can be heard pleading with the officer, “Get your hands off me!”
It was not immediately clear what prompted the officer’s use of force.
Wall’s video — which was shared Wednesday on Facebook — has been viewed over 1 million times.
What’s happening now?
Warsaw police are investigating the incident, which has caught the attention of many, according to WTVD.
According to police, Wall was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Warsaw Police Chief Eric Southerland told WTVD:
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.