Questions remain unanswered as tensions rise over Saraland Waffle House video


Another arrest Sunday at a Saraland Waffle House after a protest over a viral video got out of hand. Ricky Glenn was arrested after several people showed up to picket the Waffle House on Industrial Boulevard.

When Saraland Police officers showed up, an all-out brawl broke out as they forcefully took down Glenn. Several people got into the mix while police were trying to arrest him, some protestors even blocking him from police.

They were all upset over the video of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons being wrestled to the ground by a Saraland Police officer early Sunday morning. The video has been racing across social media and has sparked outrage. But there are still lots of questions and not many answers about the video and people involved. According to Prichard City Councilman Lorenzo Martin and the police, Clemons was arrested.

In the video, you can see a visibly frustrated Clemons speaking with officers just before being forcefully pulled from her chair to the ground and pinned down by them. During the arrest and physical struggle with officers, the video shows the woman's dress was pulled down, exposing her upper body.

In a post on Facebook, friends of the woman said she was arrested after an argument with a Waffle House waitress over refusal to provide free plastic tableware.

In the Facebook post, the woman who was arrested said she objected to the extra fee customers have to pay for plastic tableware, stating the last time she went to this restaurant, her plastic tableware was given to her with no extra charge.

Saraland Police Public Information Officer Collette Little released this statement on the arrest:"The Saraland Police Department is aware of the arrest at Waffle House and the accompanying video on social media. The situation is being thoroughly reviewed and is under active investigation right now. Our department strives for transparency and we encourage our community to be aware of current events. Saraland’s public safety director, Chief J. C. West, and the mayor are aware of the situation and are awaiting the results of the investigation. When the facts of the investigation are gathered, we will have a response."This also brought people out in droves to Sunday's regularly scheduled NAACP meeting where we heard from Chikesia's mother, Shaquita Clemons-Howard.

"What I want is to get justice for my daughter in this case. I don't feel like she was treated fairly. I think the things that were shown were very impulsive not only to myself as a woman but to my child," said Clemons-Howard.

A clearly upset and frazzled Chikesia was at the meeting but chose not to speak.

About an hour later, people gathered in Saraland at the Waffle House where it all happened for a peaceful protest both inside, with a sit-in, and outside with picket signs. About an hour after that, about 10 Saraland Police units showed up and went into the restaurant. They came directly out and after a few short words, chaos erupted.

There's no word yet on what Chikesia's charges are, if any. Nor if Ricky Glenn, the man arrested on video today, will face any charges.

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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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