I signed a petition from Women’s March demanding Waffle House tell the Saraland Police Department to drop all charges against Chikesia Clemons.
On April 22, 2018, after 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons was assaulted by three police officers in a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. They threw her to the ground, pulling her dress down to expose her breasts. One of the officers choked her and threatened to break her arm.
This was not simply a brutal police beating; it’s sexual abuse. Chikesia was violated, humiliated, and then, like so many Black women before her, arrested and charged for her own assault. This is victim-blaming at its most dangerous. We will not sit quietly while women of color are beaten, violated, and punished for surviving.
Tell Waffle House: Demand the Saraland Police Department drop all charges against Ms. Clemons and offer her a public apology. We are delivering this message in person to the Waffle House Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, June 15. We want to take your name there with us when we do. It’s time to decide: Is violence against women something you will sit back and tolerate? Or will you stand with us to demand #JusticeForChikesia?
Can you join me and take action? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/women-demand-justiceforchikesia?source=email&
Frankly, I don’t see a black woman, I see a woman. This was unnecessary show of force and abusive. I, personally, am sickened by these police officers’ actions.