Police are investigating an incident caught on video in which a local police officer can be seen choking a young black man outside a Waffle House restaurant in North Carolina. "Get your hands off of me", Wall says, before the officer throws him to the ground. "Get your supervisor out here and get your hands off of me".
In the video, Wall's arms are raised in the air as the officer forces him against a window.
Furthermore, conventional wisdom around police brutality against African-American males would tell us that there was probably a very minor reason, if any at all, that the officer resorted to putting Wall in a chokehold. The video - which features strong language - does not show anything before the physical altercation.
Both videos were shared by Wall on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Speaking to ABC 11, Wall explained that he was at the restaurant to get some food after taking his 16-year-old sister to prom. He said that he is responsible for his actions at the Waffle House, but that the officer's actions weren't justified.
"Your hands should have never been around my neck like that if my hands were in the air", he said. We have also reached out to the District Attorney's Office to make him aware of the investigation.
Warsaw Police Chief Eric Southerland said the department is now investigating the incident. He claimed he uploaded the video to raise awareness.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has responded to a viral video showing a Warsaw officer putting a man in a chokehold outside a Waffle House, calling the actions of the officer "grossly inappropriate". "Once the investigation is complete and the District Attorney has had a chance to review the case we will provide the public with an update on the findings". He had several posts on Twitter Thursday about the Waffle House incident in Warsaw, retweeted by thousands of people, identifying Moss and posting a photo of him with the rest of the department's officers, noting the "sheer size" of him.
" 'What are you doing?' Clemons asks during the struggle". He says the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will be contacted for its own independent investigation.