North Carolina officer chokes, slams man at a Waffle House after prom

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Supporters of the Warsaw police officer who was involved in the controversial arrest of a man at a Waffle House are speaking out in the officer's defense.

Anthony Wall, 22, accompanied his 16-year-old sister to her prom earlier this month.

Elizabeth Caride, who founded the Facebook page "I Stand With Moss" said she couldn't believe the viral video of Officer Frank Moss and Anthony Wall outside the Waffle House. According to Wall, there were four cruisers on the scene with four other police officers, but they made a decision to leave Wall in Moss's auto with a police dog in the back. Wall, dressed in a tuxedo, is heard saying: "Get your hands off of me".

"Now I want the public to understand that this is not a racially-motivated issue. I am anxious about my sister and my mother, who has to travel on backroads to get from work to home".

"In the midst of that, the lady and my sister had some words", Wall told the website.

"He screamed at the waitress and told them he wanted the service no matter how bad the table was", said Caride.

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In a move that seems to conflict with the company position on these recent arrests, Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer has reportedly called Wall to apologize and to make sure that he is faring well after the unfortunate incident. "I was pretty upset, but then [another employee] called me a f*ggot and all kind of other names". "I was not trying to fight him at all". There was no manager on duty, it was just him watching the store. The company said the employee who got into a dispute with Wall and called police was also African-American. A police officer arrived and then choked and slammed Wall to the ground. The entire time, Wall's hands are raised above his head as his slim body is thrown to the concrete ground like a rag doll.

"The officer left me in that vehicle by myself along with the dog barking and growling in the backseat". He noted there four other cruisers on the scene, yet Moss chose to put him in the one with the dog. He shouted, "Get your hands off me".

But at a news conference Tuesday, Benjamin Crump, Wall's lawyer, described how he said things started between Wall and the Waffle House employee. "It was the Waffle House employees who were unprofessional to their customers".

Anthony Wall was joined by his family and attorneys in Fayetteville on Monday. It's unclear whether a lawsuit has been filed against the restaurant. After an employee cursed at Wall and his group for sitting at a table that wasn't cleaned yet, a waitress called the police, Wall said.

The two incidents have sparked some USA community leaders, including minister Bernice King, to call for a boycott of Waffle House until the company has serious discussions on racism and employee training.

"A 32-second excerpt from a bystander cellphone video of an incident that was 5-10 minutes long, edited to that 32 seconds, in my view, for maximum dramatic effect, making it look like an innocent man being jumped, essentially, by a police officer because of a verbal disagreement", Barfield said.

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