VIDEO: 'Racist' Waffle House Arrest Video Goes Viral, Then Mayor Releases Truth

Warsaw Mayor AJ Connors said that the police officer "did what he had to do" to apprehend the disruptive man.

Warsaw, NC – The mayor of Warsaw spoke out in defense of a Warsaw police officer on Friday, after a viral video that showed the arrest of a black man drew allegations of racial bias (videos below).

“I can assure you, this is not a racially-motivated situation,” Mayor AJ Connors, who is black, said in a Facebook video. “This was a young man who had broken the law, and a law enforcement officer arrested him. Unfortunately, physical contact took place because he refused to cooperate or follow or obey the law.”

The incident occurred on May 5, after 22-year-old Anthony Wall got into an argument with some individuals inside a Waffle House restaurant, The Washington Post reported.

Wall said he had just finished taking his 16-year-old sister to prom, and that they stopped to grab a bite to eat, according to WTVD.

Wall said he began arguing with employees at the restaurant, and that the workers contacted the Warsaw police.

A brief video clip obtained by WTVD showed Wall and his sister throwing items and screaming at employees.

“This young man was irate, and doing things and threatening employees,” Connors explained. “He became disruptive. He brought on an issue which...called for an arrest.”

Cellphone footage showed Walls as he fought with a Warsaw police officer outside of the Waffle House.

The offer attempted to restrain Wall from behind, and pressed him against the restaurant window.

Wall yelled at the officer, and was able to spin out of his initial grasp. The officer responded by grabbing Wall’s neck, and he shoved the man against the window once again.

“Get your hands off of me!” Wall demanded, as the officer rotated him backwards and onto the ground.

The man landed just off of the curb, but refused to comply with the officer’s directive to place his hands behind his back, the video showed.

“Get your hands off me!” Wall continued to proclaim.

He was subsequently taken into custody, and was medically cleared before he was transported to the jail, Connors said.

Wall was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, WTVD reported.

He claimed that he took full responsibility for his actions inside the restaurant, but argued that the officer’s use of force against him was not justified.

“I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat and that's when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me," Wall claimed, during an interview with WTVD.

Connors argued that Wall was the one who created the situation, and said the man left the officer with no choice.

“The officer made every effort to secure him, so that the public would be safe,” Connors said in his video statement. “We must understand that this young man had broken the law. He was there, he started a fight, and the officer’s job is to make an arrest if...there’s a reason to. This officer did what he had to do.”

“This is not a racially motivated issue,” the mayor asserted.

“We’re asking you to eliminate the pre-judging, allow the system that is in place to operate and do what it needs to do,” the mayor added. “We ask you to quit calling the police department making threats and calls and tying up the...lines, so the ones that need help are unable to get help as swift as they need.”

In addition to an internal investigation, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the incident, the mayor said.

Waffle House also released a statement saying that this was not a racial incident.

“We believe there is more to these stories than the short videos that have been posted might suggest,” the company wrote, according to The Washington Post. “Our review of these incidents do not indicate race was an issue in the decision to call the police in either case. Both incidents escalated quickly, and our employees called the police because of safety concerns for their customers and themselves.”

Activists have called for a boycott of the restaurant over claims of racism.

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Comments (101)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Two separate issues. He and his sister should be punished for what they did in the waffle house, and the cop should be fired for excessive force from the choke picture alone.

If you're being choked by anyone, even a cop, you should be able to defend yourself as if your life depended on it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Also, @ShelbyCole might as well be your news curator.

JBo
JBo

Nothing good happens to an arrestee who is resisting/fighting an officer. Next?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JBo
An officer shouldn't choke anyone though. That's deadly force.

shalla667
shalla667

Officers are clear to suspects when they are placing them under arrest. This guy resisted arrest, and the officer did what he needed to do to contain the situation. Even the mayor is backing him on this. Case closed.

Mppatch1
Mppatch1

You Hi are amazing. I guess he should have just slapped his hand. Bottom line— DO WHAT THE OFFICER TELLS YOU TO DO AND DO NOT THINK YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW! STOP THROWING THE RACE CARD ANY TIME YOU GET YOU BUTT BEAT/ARRESTED. Dang take responsibility for your OWN actions.

javelina1
javelina1

It is NOT deadly force. Geez. Check the law.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@shalla667
It's "case closed" only because you agree with his statement. There are a myriad of ways to control someone without choking.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mppatch1
Where exactly did i mention race? And second, why are you operating on extremes? You do realize that between slapping a wrist and choking someone, there are many, many techniques that could be used to control someone, right?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@javelina1
You believe choking isn't deadly. Alright.

ScubaRob
ScubaRob

@JBO: Yes, they should tickle someone they're arresting who resists until they comply.

DCMadam
DCMadam

The case is not closed. The young man did not want to die. The officer assumed guilt based on the restaurant workers' complaint. The young man appeared to be doing what ANY person fearing for their life would do ... try to live.

DCMadam
DCMadam

The mayor was not there, and his blackness does not "inoculate" or somehow cancel out the racist appearance of this situation.

Bunnyrabbit
Bunnyrabbit

In no way was the officer CHOKING the suspect. You can hear the suspect talking without difficulty thru out the tapes, it is totally dishonest to say he was being choked.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

How could the officer be choking him.He was yelling at the officer.Just because his arm is around the neck that does not mean it is choking ..A while back a officer was fighting with a huge subject and the guy had the officer in a headlock.The officer did not yell Choking me.Too many cop haters around that don't have any idea of what they speak

tazmech
tazmech

A very simple solution will fix all of this, when the officer says you are under arrest do as you are told, PERIOD.
A chock hold is not deadly force it is trained to be a restraint and it is very effective HI maybe your untrained and uneducated ass trying to place someone in a chock hold is deadly force but police and military are taught the correct way to use it and it works every time to restrain with the least amount of force.
As with all hand to hand combative moves when not used by a person trained they all can be deadly.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn @DCMadam you silly boys and girls. Now Cheech, there was an article just recently where the suspect put his forearm into the officers throat and you were perfectly fine with that level of resistance. Please try to be consistent when you're commenting on these things. It just makes you look like a common troll. Also this child resisted arrest and turned on the officer putting him a position of having to grab him near his neck to control him. At no point did the child act like he couldn't breathe. He certainly was in no danger of being killed by this maneuver. Your hyperbolic statements just make you look foolish, Cheech. This just reinforces my belief that your sole reason for coming here is to create discussion in opposition of anything the majority believe. Now DCMadam, I'm not sure how you were able to determine exactly what the officer did based on a 26 second video but I would bet the officers had gathered enough evidence to make an arrest. And just so you know, you have no right to fight with the officer simply because you don't like being held responsible for your unlawful behavior. Calling this an act of racism is a typical response from blacks who are always looking for an excuse. Welcome to the club.

tazmech
tazmech

DCMadam The mayor was not there, and his blackness does not "inoculate" or somehow cancel out the racist appearance of this situation.

YOU WERE NOT THERE EITHER

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Who is a child here? He's 22.

And that's a choke. Fingers around the throat. In any other situation, the response should be to fully neutralize the choker. But, he's an American cop who knows he can't be touched. So he gets to choke people.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

Any pressure around the neck provokes an automatic fight or flight response. The victim of this cop showed spectacular control not to fight back against the aggressor. No charges against this "cop" is unacceptable. And the video starts with the cop banging the victim's head against the wall.

Why do cops continue to defend this violence? It is like you only got into policing to serve yourselves.

shalla667
shalla667

Are you a cop? If so, please enlighten us because hindsight is 20/20. There were not enough details in what led up to the arrest. The officer on the scene had those details at the time. He is going to do what is necessary to control the scene and protect his life.

JBo
JBo

Hi_estComnDenomn...You once asked me not to tag you anymore and I honored your request. I've not tagged you since then. I thought you had also honored my request to not tag me but apparently not. I know what tagging is for but If I'm interested in reading a reply to a comment I made, I'll come back to the article, but if not, I'll go to the next article. I assume this makes no difference to you and that you will continue tagging me, however, I will continue to honor your earlier request about not tagging you. I'll just have to block you instead.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JBo
Yeah, just block me. Also, you're probably mistaken. If i know myself, i probably said don't tag me with bullshit.

And no, it doesn't make a difference To me. With the many conversations that take place, tagging is how i know what i said is directed at who i intended to say it to.

slbg1960
slbg1960

GIRL DUMMY IN THE BACK GROUND "YOUR NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THAT" really? So the police are supposed to let criminals do what ever they want and gently politely ask them to surrender...ok and when that doesn't work? WAKE UP DUMMIES!!!

javelina1
javelina1

Okay, let's put this in perspective. Choking in order to kill someone is one thing, such as every time a suspect puts his hands around an officer's neck, I guess all those guys should have had attempted murder charges tacked on to their case. Or choking used as a control measure, not to kill, but to gain control is something completely on the other end of the spectrum. This officer's moves were backed up by the mayor and the city's policies. Which also means he was within the law which those policies are based. It all goes to IA whether he was right or wrong, so that is where it will be decided, not in the court of public opinion.

shalla667
shalla667

@Hi sometimes it is necessary. And since he could still speak, he could still breathe. Basic info in a CPR class. The officer removed the hold as soon as he had the suspect on the ground

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@shalla667
That choke is going to end up badly for this department and that officer in particular. This situation did not warrant a choke, and if he was trying to control someone, he should learn how to do that, since there are so many ways to control someone and take them down without choking.

By the way, speaking and being choked are separate issues. You can talk just fine in a rear naked choke, because it doesn't block the airway. It cuts off oxygen to the brain.

RunCop
RunCop

Another one of lowest common denominator's relatives actin' tha fool again!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

@DCMadam...nice try, cheeseburgers killed his fat ass.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

This Officer Frank Moss should be called Cheeseburger.

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

Notice how he never comments when it’s someone trying to kill a cop. Only the videos he thinks he can blast the cops.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Cheeseburgers might get Officer Moss also. But Garner didn’t die from a “choke hold” that is a fact.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Cheeseburgers might get Officer Moss also, but Garner didn’t die from a “choke hold” and that’s a fact.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

goddamn, where is his neck? He should be ashamed of how he looks in uniform. I know I'd be.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

The dog is afraid too. Can't blame him though

JMc
JMc

There is coming a time when all you snowflakes are going to get what you want... the next time something bad is going down... just handle it yourself... good luck....

Idontwantausername
Idontwantausername

@DCmadam Garner didnt die from a choke you idiot. He had a heart attack, hours later, at the fucking hospital

Mrs10
Mrs10

Did you actually watch the video? Did ANYONE?

There’s NO choke hold happening here. When the video shows the altercation from behind you can clearly see the officer’s right arm around the suspect’s right arm, and not around the neck.

Then, the cop BRIEFLY holds the suspect on the shoulder or collar bone or possibly the SIDE of the neck, while trying to get the man to stand up after the man spun out of the officer’s hold. It even appears that the hold was to the man’s clothing and not his body.
Either way, NO choke was seen.

Mrs10
Mrs10

It’s scary, honestly, how quickly people jump on an idea, and are ready to do battle without bothering to even ATTEMPT to check facts. What’s the point of having video evidence of everything if you’re just going to be a lemming anyway?!?!

Mrs10
Mrs10

I suppose there is no reason to point out 2 very obvious facts:
1) the comment was that Garner was killed by cheeseburgers, not that he LOOKED like one. In fact no comment on his appearance was given at all. The statement was simply that the man died from a heart attack (or at least that what he ate contributed to the heart attack).
2) the man who’s picture you are using for “humor” is a human being who has a family and people who care about him. He’s also a police officer who has sworn an oath to serve; until you have evidence that he’s somehow violated his oath, perhaps he can retain some dignity. It’s due whether or not you realize it.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_esttComnDenomn Anyone who acts like a child will be called a child despite their age. If you throw a temper tantrum in a restaurant you deserve to be called a child, don't you think? The officer had the child pinned against the wall. The child then spun around and was now facing the officer. The officers reaction was to put his hands up to protect himself against an uncooperative child. His hand went to the child's neck to control the child. He was not a choked, just controlled. There is a big difference and you know it. This is just you being contrary, again.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@today_is_the_day Your perception of what happened in this video is interesting. It's not based on reality, but it is certainly interesting. The question you should ask yourself is why did this man create a huge disturbance in the Waffle House and why did he resist the officer's lawful attempt to take him into custody? I know you'll be disappointed but the officer will not face charges for what happened. He did nothing wrong and I suggest you get out of your victim mode if you ever hope to succeed in this world.

John-Brown
John-Brown

HighestRetard, @JBo did ask you not to tag him and you agreed. Amazing how you lie. You can never admit your mistake. You just make up something to justify not abiding to @JBo's request, even after agreeing not to tag him.

satmantoo
satmantoo

If this BIG Officer gave me an order I’d comply but then if a little bitty officer gave me an order I’d comply because I obey the Law!!

gfc1963
gfc1963

And I guess you've won beauty contests as well? Fuck off back to Lowest Com Denominator.

gfc1963
gfc1963

And I guess you're a lovely smart man? Fuck off and do the world a favour and die somewhere.