The story of a cop choking a promgoer outside of a North Carolina Waffle House two weeks ago has taken another sharp turn — and this time video footage shows what happened in the moments leading up to the youth’s aggressive arrest.
What’s the background?
Anthony Wall, 22, accompanied his 16-year-old sister to her prom earlier this month. After the prom, Wall visited a local Waffle House franchise with a group of friends. While inside the Waffle House, Wall reportedly began arguing with staff, who ended up calling police.
When police arrived, they arrested Wall, but not before the arresting officer choked Wall and slammed him up against the Waffle House’s façade.
Video of the incident was captured, which Wall later shared to his Facebook page, and it hit viral status, with more than 1 million views.
Police charged Wall with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after the incident.
Despite mounting outcry over the arrest, Warsaw Mayor A.J. Connors said that the arrest was not racially motivated, nor did he believe that the arresting officer used excessive force.
“I can assure you, this is not a racially motivated situation,” Connors said in a Friday Facebook video. “This was a young man who had broken the law, and a law enforcement officer arrested him. Unfortunately, physical contact took place because he refused to cooperate or follow or obey the law.”
The Waffle House issued a statement noting that they “[believed] there is more to these stories than the short videos that have been posted might suggest.”
“Our review of these incidents do not indicate race was an issue in the decision to call the police in either case. Both incidents escalated quickly, and our employees called the police because of safety concerns for their customers and themselves,” the statement concluded.
Wall and his family retained a prolific civil rights attorney and said that Waffle House staff had used a “derogatory manner” when speaking to Wall, as well as “homophobic slurs.”
So what’s happening now?
In a video obtained by The News & Observer, the argument which precipitated the police call can be viewed.
The new video offers another look at the unfolding, multifaceted incident.
In the video, Wall, as well as another member of his party (identified by the News & Observer as Wall’s sister) can be heard loudly swearing at and castigating the Waffle House staff.
Wall and the young girl can be seen wildly gesticulating and yelling at the tops of their lungs.
The video, however, does not show what kicked off the heated, shrill argument.
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