Activists are calling for a nationwide walkout of Waffle House this Friday over the brutal arrest of a woman at one of its Alabama locations.
But the Atlanta-based company is sticking by staff in Saraland, Ala., for calling the cops on Chikesia Clemons, even as civil rights leaders protested at its headquarters Monday morning.
The activists, who were invited into Waffle House’s offices to watch surveillance footage of the arrest, told reporters they planned to protest the April 22 arrest.
“For Waffle House to call the police, they put this woman in jeopardy,” one activist told executives Monday. “And this is what goes on (in) this country on a daily basis. When you’re going to call the police on black and brown communities, it ends up in violence.”
Cellphone footage of the incident shows cops pulling Clemons to the floor and trying to handcuff her in a scuffle — during which her breasts were exposed.
Saraland police, who released surveillance footage last week, said Clemons and her friend appeared to be drunk when they went into the Waffle House, and became belligerent when told plastic utensils would cost an extra 50 cents.
Waffle House executives backed that up Monday.
“Witnesses say several threats were made to our associates including threats of violence, and that’s why the police were called,” Waffle House said in a new statement Monday. “The security video that has been released to the public by the Saraland Police Department tells the story and does support our associates calling the police.”
The company didn’t immediately return the Daily News’ request for comment Monday.
Her relatives previously said a Waffle House worker called the cops because Clemons asked for a corporate number when told about the extra utensil charge.
She finally broke her silence Sunday when she appeared on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.”
“There are two independent white women who were in the restaurant that night that said what the waitress did, and more importantly what the Saraland Police did, Reverend Al, was just unacceptable,” she said Sunday.
Sharpton plans to hold a town hall in Mobile, about 12 miles south of Saraland, to discuss Clemons’ arrest.
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