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Hundreds attend Al Sharpton's town hall forum focused on Waffle House incident


It was a lively town hall forum Tuesday night with the Rev. Al Sharpton, with the Bethel AME church filled to capacity.

Attendees showed showing support for Chikesia Clemons, the woman arrested last month inside a Saraland Waffle House. The town hall actually started early because the church filled up so fast, and the event lasted for more than two hours.

The main theme for the night was a call for justice for Clemons. Sharpton said her supporters won't go away until justice is served. 

A video showing Clemmon's arrest -- including her being wrestled to the floor by a police officer -- began circulated throughout social media Sunday, April 22. Her chest was exposed during the struggle with the officer. The following day, police in Saraland released surveillance video from the Waffle House arrest as well, and they said Clemons went on a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Waffle House employees.

Clemons was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

In Mobile Tuesday night, several people had words -- including Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the Clemons family -- as well as several other notable figures around the community. Sharpton asked some of the same questions we've been hearing from the community.

He had questions about Saraland police actions, body cameras and sound from the surveillance video released by Saraland Police Department a day after the incident.

Some things he and others are demanding are for Saraland Police to drop the charges against Clemons and for Waffle House to say Clemons was treated wrongly.

"They saw a black woman, and they thought they could get away with it, and we here to let them know you will not get away with it," said Sharpton. "My mother is from Alabama. She is buried in Dothan, Alabama. (I've) got relatives in Alabama. I have two daughters. When I saw what they did to her, that could have been my daughter, that could be your daughter and let me tell you something, if we let this go, it will be your daughter."

The house was packed with standing room only. We spoke to some people ahead of the meeting.

"There's a lot of stuff going on not only here but all over, and it's time that's it's addressed and be dealt with," said one resident.

"We want to be treated equal," another resident said. "We don't want special treatment. We just want to be treated equal like everybody else."

Sharpton also raised an offering for Clemons. He started the offering off with 500 dollars and says the goal was to raise $2,000.

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