Chikesia Clemons is suing Waffle House.

Clemons' attorney's filed the complaint today in Atlanta and spoke with reporters about the civil rights lawsuit they filed.

The woman was arrested at the Waffle House in Saraland in April 2018. POlice said she threatened workers there after arguing about charges over utensils.

During the scuffle with officers, at one point her top came off exposing her breasts.

In court, Clemons was found not guilty of Disorderly conduct but guilty of Resisting Arrest.

Today, Clemon's attorney are pointing the blame on Waffle House for the incident. Attorney Benjamin Crump and Attorney Catherine Sevcenko, Senior Counsel for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls told reporters today that employees jumped the gun and called police before Clemons even posed a threat.

Sevcenko added this all has caused Clemons undue stress and trauma.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said, "The video evidence is undisputable when you look at how they assaulted battered, body slammed and choked this black woman, this unarmed black woman and how they disrobed her. The mental anguish of that video being seen over and over again. The fact that her family had to see that video, effected her life in every way."

Saraland Police said the officer asked Clemons to comply multiple times but she didn't and that's how the incident escalated so far.

Waffle House, Inc. released this statement Wednesday:

"We haven’t received the lawsuit and haven’t had the chance to review it yet. As we’ve said previously, we regret this incident happened at all. As anyone who has dined with us knows, we have a very diverse customer base and workforce. We have had a culture of inclusion since we opened our doors in 1955, and are very proud of the fact that our restaurants have been open to all."

Since the complaints were filed Wednesday, Waffle House will need to be formally served. Once that happens, the company will have 30 days to respond.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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