Video shows NC man in prom attire choked by police officer


Video shared this week on Facebook has once again highlighted the need for police reform after a North Carolina cop with the Warsaw Police Department was caught on camera choking and slamming a black man to the ground outside a Waffle House restaurant.

Warsaw Police Chief Eric Southerland told The News & Observer in an interview Wednesday that the officer in the video is a part of the Warsaw Police Department.

The video posted to Facebook Tuesday is of 22-year-old Anthony Wall who said he was taking his 16-year-old sister to prom.

The original video, posted on May 8, shows the white officer slamming him against a window by his neck, and then pinning him on the pavement with his hand on the man's head.

"He's not supposed to be putting his hands on him", the bystander tells another person nearby.

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Wall was arrested after the struggle and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. While at Waffle House, Wall reportedly got into an argument with the restaurant's servers, and an employee hit the panic alarm.

Wall and his sister argued with, yelled and cursed at staff. Police were called to the restaurant.

The below video of the incident contains strong language.

Police have not released the officer's name, and they said the incident remains under investigation.

It was unclear why Wall was choked or slammed by the officer. The district attorney and Warsaw police are investigating.

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Anthony Wall told ABC11, "I was pretty much trying to scream for air and trying to breathe because he was holding my throat and that's when I got aggressive with him because you are choking me".

At one point you can see Wall's hands in the air, "your hands should have never been around my neck have my hands in the air", added Wall. "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".

It wasn't immediately clear what might have prompted the officer's use of force.

Afterward, Starbucks closed all of its 8,000 US stores to give employees implicit bias training.

"I wish people would not blow things out of proportion and not let one situation create any additional situations", Southerland said.

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