FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Anthony Wall and his attorneys say they are outraged.
It’s why they all stood in front of the Cumberland County Courthouse steps Monday and said they’re ready to take legal action of their own after what happened to Wall at a Warsaw Waffle House.
“The officer immediately grabbed me, but my hands are still in the air,” said Wall, “I look at it like I got arrested for disorderly conduct, why are they not arrested for that?”
Wall, along with his legal team and NAACP supporters, say they are now going after Warsaw police for excessive use of force and the Waffle House for discrimination.
“The use of force choking him was excessive and inappropriate,” said Wall’s attorney Allen Rogers.
Ben Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, is now representing Wall.
“It was the Waffle House employees who used homophobic slurs,” said Crump.
They’re launching an investigation into what happened on May 5. That’s the day Wall says he went from Fayetteville to Warsaw to take his 16-year-old sister to the prom.
But when he got to Warsaw Waffle House, his lawyers say workers there made derogatory statements towards him.
“He told Mr. Wall, his sister, and the people they were there with, ‘why y’all sitting at this table with your nasty profane language finish out the statement,” said Crump.
That’s what they claim started the confrontation that sparked a Waffle House worker’s call to police, then what happened in the video followed.
Warsaw’s mayor is defending what the officer did.
“This man broke the law, he was there, he started a fight, this officer did what he had to do,” said Warsaw Mayor A.J. Connor.
The Waffle House doing the same.
Company officials said in a statement they did not believe race was a factor and that there was “more to these stories than the short video might suggest.”
“They keep saying there’s another part of the story, well the police officers have a body cam, we’d like that video,” said Rogers.
Wall’s lawyers threatening a lawsuit to get another other video that shows what happened to him outside of the Waffle House.
The officer involved has not been identified, but we’re told he is back on the job.
In the mean time, Wall is facing resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges that he says he plans to fight.
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