Warsaw mayor defends police officer in Waffle House incident

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

Wall, 22, had just come from the prom as a date for his 16-year-old sister, CNN affiliate WTVDreported.

The siblings and their friends sat down at a table that had not been wiped down so they could all sit together, and they argued with the server after complaining about the dirty table.

"I was pretty upset, but then [another employee] called me a f**got and all kind of other names", according to Wall. "I was not trying to fight him at all". "Again there is no protocol where police officers are allowed to use deadly force, choking as a mechanism to make an arrest", said Rogers.

He said that he was "terrified" at this point.

The police officer attempted to get Wall to go outside, Connors said. The incident happened on Saturday at Waffle House.

The 27-second clip provides no context for the confrontation, but the image of the burly officer, dressed in tactical gear, subduing the skinny young man, who is pleading to be let go, is the latest such video to go viral, sparking outrage and accusations of police brutality. "Unfortunately, physical contact took place because he refused to cooperate or follow or obey the law".

Wall was charged with disorderly conduct because of his actions inside the restaurant and was charged with resisting arrest in connection with his encounter with Warsaw Officer Frank Moss, which was captured on cellphone video. Wall, for his part, is out on bond, facing charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

"I'm worked up over it", Wall told theGrio of the incident.

The two incidents have sparked some United States community leaders, including minister Bernice King, to call for a boycott of Waffle House until the company has serious discussions on racism and employee training.

Afterwards, Wall was placed in the officer's auto with a police dog allegedly snapping at him from the back seat. He came back to the vehicle and said he was securing the guard.

"They sat down at the table, and note what the first statements were from the Waffle House employee", Wall's lawyer Benjamin Crump said at a news conference. He shouted, "Get your hands off me". According to Wall, there were four cruisers on the scene with four other police officers, but they chose to leave Wall in Moss's vehicle with a police dog in the back. "What you see is anger and aggression", said Rogers. He noted there four other cruisers on the scene, yet Moss chose to put him in the one with the dog.

- A nationally known civil rights lawyer said Monday that he wants to investigate Waffle House after a Fayetteville man was choked and thrown to the ground outside one of the chain's restaurants.

"This is a national, corporate issue they need to address", Crump said.

Company officials said in a statement they did not believe race was a factor and that there was "more to these stories than the short video might suggest".

The Warsaw Police Department has received phone calls and social media messages, some of which are threats against the police officer in the video, said Glenn Barfield, an attorney representing the department and the officer.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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