The woman who was arrested inside a Saraland Waffle House in April was found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Chikesia Clemons appeared in court Monday night to face the charges.
Saraland Municipal Court Judge C Mark Erwing said Clemons will have to pay a $200 fine plus court fees for each charge. He sentenced her to 10 days but said he will suspend the sentence for 1 year of informal probation.
There were 6 witnesses. 3 from the city and 3 from the defense. The hearing started at 6 pm and ended just before 10 pm.
Clemons' attorney, Marcus Fox, made an oral notice of appeal before the hearing was concluded. He old FOX 10 after the hearing, they're disappointed but happy to take the case to Mobile County and hoping for a different outcome.
Her arrest was captured on camera and posted online on April 22, 2018. Video of the arrest showed her dress was pulled down, exposing her upper body.
The Saraland Police Department argued that the arrest was justified because Clemons and a friend threatened Waffle House employees and refused to leave the restaurant when asked. Attorneys for Clemons disputed that claim and said her civil rights were violated when officers wrestled her to the ground.
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