Chikesia Clemons Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Over Waffle House Arrest
Chikesia Clemons is taking further legal action in an ongoing dispute, stemming from an April 2018 arrest at an Alabama Waffle House.
On Wednesday noted civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, filed a complaint against Waffle House on Clemons’ behalf citing unlawful discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution, and abuse of process, according to WKRG.
“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,” Crump said during Wednesday’s press conference. “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.”
Crump, standing alongside Attorney Catherine Sevcenko, Senior Counsel for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, expressed that Waffle House employees prematurely called police before Clemons proved to be a threat.
Clemons was arrested by Sarland officers after a verbal altercation spurred in which Clemons claims she was trying to obtain the franchise’s corporate number. Police claimed Clemons verbally threatened Waffle House staff. Her arrest went viral, giving imagery to the ongoing momentum of Black men and women being accosted by the police, captured for the world to see. Clemons breasts were exposed during her arrest, adding another layer of Black women’s bodies being vilified and sexualized even in a moment of utter terror.
Clemons’ arrest sparked multiple protests spearheaded by several prominent Black activists including Al Sharpton, Brittney Packnett, Tamika Mallory and Harlem rapper Mysonne.
Last July outrage erupted again after Clemons was found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. However, in the months following Clemons appealed the ruling and was formally granted a jury trial. In August Clemons was found not guilty on disorderly conduct but was found guilty of resisting arrest in August.