SOUTHERN BRUTALITY

Footage of Black Man Choked by Cop at Waffle House Sparks Calls for Boycott

A video that appears to show a black man being choked and slammed to the ground by a white police officer at a North Carolina Waffle House has led to calls for a boycott of the chain, the New York Daily News reported. On Thursday, Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that patrons should avoid the 24-hour chain until its leadership “seriously commits to 1) discussion on racism, 2) employee training, and 3) other plans to change; and until they start to implement changes.” Last week, 22-year-old Anthony Wall was at a local Waffle House with his 16-year-old sister after her prom when the pair got into an argument with employees. Warsaw police were called, and, according to a 28-second clip of the incident, an officer put his hands on Wall’s neck and threw him to the ground. “Get your hands off me,” Wall says in the video, which does not show the man resisting the cop. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. Wall told the News & Observer he suffered a back injury and a cut on the arm from the scuffle. Police and the State Bureau of Investigations have since launched investigations into the matter, but the name of the police officer involved has not been released. “Our review of these incidents do not indicate race was an issue in the decision to call the police in either case,” said Waffle House spokesperson Pat Warner. “Both incidents escalated quickly, and our employees called the police because of safety concerns for their customers and themselves.” In April, the company sided with police officers who arrested and wrestled a black woman to the ground, exposing her breasts, at one of the chain's Alabama restaurants.