Not too long ago, the media made a circus out of a black woman who resisted arrest at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. Bystanders took video of the incident when Chikesia Clemons refused to leave the restaurant after repeated requests from staff. When police first arrived, they simply asked Clemons to step outside and speak with them so they could get her side of the story but the recording does not start until the situation became physical.
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Instead of complying with the polite request of the officers, Clemons threw a fit and began violently resisting arrest and screaming profanities. Social media users and leftist media outlets were quick to circulate the video and describe it as an example of racism. Clemons resisted arrest so violently it took three officers to subdue and restrain her. What could have been a simple verbal warning for trespassing became a slew of charges for Clemons including resisting arrest.
Black rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton raised funds to hire a prominent civil rights attorney from Florida to take Clemon's case. Leading up to the court date, unrelated charges of harassment were dropped against Clemons after the victim, in that case, failed to show up to court. A petition of 50,000 signatures demanding the charges against Clemons be dropped was delivered to Saraland's district attorney on June 19. That isn't how reality works. When you break the law you suffer the consequences and no amount of petitioning will change that.
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Judge Mark Erwin concluded at the end of Clemon's trial that she was found guilty because the facts of the case met the legal definitions required to convict her. Erwin reiterated that the ruling had nothing to do with the high level of emotion and outrage surrounding the case. When will people figure out that resisting the police never ends well? All she had to do was step outside and speak with the officers, instead, she tried to throw a fit and play the race card and now she has been found guilty of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Clemons must also pay $200 per charge plus court fees.
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