Sharpton holds town hall on black woman’s restaurant arrest

The Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Rev. Al Sharpton attended a town hall in Alabama to show support for a black woman whose contentious arrest at a Waffle House sparked anger when the video went viral online.

WALA-TV reports hundreds attended the meeting at Bethel AME church in Mobile, Alabama, to show support for Chikesia Clemons. Police in Saraland, Alabama, say Clemons was drunk and disorderly when they arrested her April 22. They say she and a friend cursed employees and threatened to return with guns. Sharpton had questions about the Saraland police officers’ actions, body cameras and sound from the surveillance video they released. He also demanded Clemons’ charges be dropped and for Waffle House to admit she was treated improperly. Several others spoke including Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump who’s representing the Clemons family.

Information from: WALA-TV,