A night out to take care of his little sister took an unexpected turn for a 22-year-old tuxedo-clad man, when he said a Waffle House employee mistreated them, and a police officer chose to push him against a window and put him in a choke hold.
Wall, 22, told local media the incident took place after he had taken his sister, 16, to the prom and they went for a bite to eat.
If Waffle House were to heed that call, the company would be following in the footsteps of another US corporate giant, Starbucks, which recently seized the moment of a racially-charged public relations crisis to open a wider discussion into company culture. The officer, Frank Moss, put 22-year-old Wall in a choke hold and body-slammed him to the ground, before arresting him on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Warsaw Police Chief Eric Southerland said in a statement that authorities are now investigating the incident and Moss' actions do not reflect what his officers are trained to do in such situations. "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".
"Your hands should have never been around my neck, have my hands in the ear", Wall said.
This Waffle House on N.C. 24 in Warsaw was the site of an arrest by the Warsaw Police Department that is now under investigation by officials with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
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Though Waffle House has stated that they're aware of the issue and that they're working with police on the matter, netizens have responded by calling on one another to stop eating at the restaurant.
He added that an officer can use physical force on a subject if the person is not complying. There's a video that shows a heated Wall going back-and-forth with the crew members. According to CNN, Anthony took full responsibility for his actions inside the restaurant before the officer who choked him was called to the scene.
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. In the video, one officer can be heard telling the woman that he will break her arm. Clemons asks in the video.
"He could have de-escalated the situation and moved on", Moore said of the officer.
The incident comes after Chikesia Clemons, 25, controversial arrest.
Afterward, Starbucks closed all of its 8,000 USA stores to give employees implicit bias training. When police arrived, witnesses reportedly told them that Clemons indicated she might have a gun and might shoot people.