Representatives from another group called Street Peace America asked for Waffle House to cooperate with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection division.
The dozen or so activists present were invited into Waffle House’s headquarters and shown a new surveillance video of the April 22 incident at the Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. The video ended as police walked in and did not show what was revealed in previously released cellphone footage, which showed 25-year-old Clemons being thrown to the ground and having her breasts exposed during a scuffle with several police officers.
According to Alabama news website AL.com, the incident arose after Clemons refused to pay an extra 50 cents for plastic utensils. Police have since said they believe Clemons’ arrest was justified, and Waffle House has previously defended police intervention in the incident as well.
Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner reiterated that stance Monday, saying employees are trained to contact police “anytime there is concern about their personal safety or that of their customers.”
“Previously, we stated that upon reviewing security video and eyewitness statements, it was our belief that our associates calling the police was necessary and appropriate,” a written statement handed out by Warner said, in part. “In the days since, we have gathered additional details and information. Witnesses say several threats were made to our associates including threats of violence, and that’s why the police were called.”
The statement said the chain’s investigation into the incident would conclude this week.
Monday's events also came a few days after Waffle House confirmed it was investigating the circumstances surrounding a separate incident at a location in Pinson, Alabama, where a black woman says she was denied service because of her race.
The chain is still recovering from a mass shooting that occurred at a restaurant in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this month as well.
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A flyer calling for a boycott of Waffle House and advertising a press conference at the restaurant's Norcross corporate headquarters.