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Saraland Police release new details about Waffle House incident

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SARALAND, AL (WALA) -

Saraland Police held a news conference Monday to discuss the arrest of Chikesia Clemons at Waffle House early Sunday morning. 

Clemons was wrestled to the ground by a police officer early Sunday morning. Video of the incident that was posted online went viral on social media. During the arrest and physical struggle with officers, the video shows the woman's dress was pulled down, exposing her upper body.

See Also: Waffle House releases statement on arrest of woman in Saraland

During Monday's news conference, Saraland officials stood behind the actions of the officers. Investigators released surveillance video from the Waffle House showing what led up to the incident. The video shows Clemons and a woman identified by police as Canita Adams arguing with a Waffle House employee.

On social media posts, Adams said the disagreement stemmed from an employee charging her 50 cents for plastic utensils she claims are usually free. But Detective Brian Mims said witnesses, six employees and one customer, told Saraland Police that Clemons and Adams were intoxicated when they entered the Waffle House.

"Two witnesses were African American, and four were female...all witness accounts are in concert and reported the individuals smelled of alcohol and were intoxicated," said Mims.

Investigators said the argument started when the women were asked to leave for bringing an alcoholic beverage in the restaurant. The video shows, not long after Clemons and Adams sat down at the restaurant, an employee called police.

"They came in with alcohol and we told them that they couldn't drink it and they are not listening, they're drunk and disorderly and I was told to call."

Clemons was asked to leave, and she almost did, but instead she turned around before exiting, and started talking to the employee again. Detective Brian Sims said one witness claimed that Clemons threatened to "Shoot this place up if I need to."

"Words were used towards the employees such as f***, b*****, calling women wh****. They told the Waffle House employees that I'll come over this counter and beat your f****** a**, b**** I'm gonna have your job, you ain't gonna be here tomorrow. Why you was in my business? I may have a gun, I may have anything, I can come back here and shoot this place up if I need to."

When asked if race played a factor in the arrest of Clemons, Sims said, "All statements were in concert that it was based solely on the fact that they were asked to take their beverages out and not consume them on the premises based on Waffle House policy."

Saraland police say the officer asked Clemons multiple times to comply, but she didn't. 

The arrest, still has many in Saraland, and all over the Port City, calling for an explanation. One of them was Clemons' mother at an NAACP rally on Sunday. She said she believes her daughter was treated "unfairly."  Another, is Prichard city councilman, Lorenzo Martin, who posted his own reaction to the arrest on FaceboOK. He says after seeing all that SPD released, he still believes the officer could've handled things better. 

"There's no way that anybody can watch that video and say, this is OK. No matter whose fault, or either side, it's not OK for someone's arm to be twisted in that way. It's not. Wait a minute, talk, are you ok? Do you understand what I'm asking you to do? It's unacceptable. It should be a teachable moment," said Martin.

Clemons was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. We're told no action will be taken against the officers in the case.

[Read more: Waffle House releases statement on arrest of woman in Saraland]

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