Anthony Wall’s night started by accompanying his younger sister to her high school prom. That was followed by a quick stop at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina. And that’s when things took a turn for the worst.
While at the restaurant on the evening of May 4, Wall got into an argument with one of the employees after he and his friends sat down at a table that hadn’t been cleaned yet. He claims the employee shouted an antigay slur at him then called police.
What happened next is truly disturbing.
Cell phone video shared on Facebook shows a white police officer choking 22-year-old Wall outside the restaurant, slamming him up against a glass wall, tackling him to the ground, then shoving his face into the concrete. All the while Wall screams, “Get your hands off me!”
Wall was then handcuffed and thrown into a police car with a canine. He claims he was left alone, terrified, in cop car while the dog snapped at him from the back seat. He was later taken down to the police station where he was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
“I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat. That’s when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me,” Wall said during a recent press conference.
Wall’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, says surveillance video will show that the employee was the aggressor in the incident.
“It was a gross violation of his civil and human rights,” said Crump. “No human being should be subjected to that, regardless of sexual orientation or ethnicity. It’s wrong.”
Wall’s legal teams they plan to sue to obtain the CCTV if it is not voluntarily provided. Their investigation will also look as whether it is police policy to leave arrested suspects alone in cars with police dogs.