The mayor of a North Carolina town maintains that the incident involving a white officer choking and slamming a black man to the ground is not “racially motivated.”
Said video of the incident has gone viral. Mayor A.J. Connors of Warsaw, N.C. came to the defense of the town’s police. He also took to social media to declare in a video statement: “This is not a racially motivated issue. This was just a young man who had broken the law and a law enforcement officer arrested him. The officer had to do what he had to do.”
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Connors also said that it was unfortunate that physical contact took place. He asked everyone, however, to put aside preconceptions and to stop calling the police department to issue threats against the officers.
The mayor also stressed that the young man had been disruptive and struggled when the police officer tried to bring him outside. Connors also added that the officer secured the young man for the safety of everyone in the restaurant.
The young black man involved in the incident, 22-year-old Anthony Wall was arrested for disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest at a Waffle House after attending his sister’s prom.
Wall was also caught on video aggressively yelling at a restaurant staff before the police arrived.
Wall admitted that “he is responsible for his actions” but he complained about the police officer for handling him with too much force. Wall also accused the police officer of chocking him.
Connors is asking the public to allow the system to operate to resolve the issue.
The authorities have said they are still investigating the incident.