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A North Carolina Man Was Forcefully Arrested After Being Called Gay Slurs By Waffle House Employees

A man who was choked and slammed by a police officer outside a Waffle House says he was also called gay slurs by the staff.

News is circulating about 22-year-old Anthony Wall. Right now, everyone’s trying to figure out if race and sexual orientation was the cause of Wall’s arrest and if it even matters at all.

On May 4, Wall had arrived at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina. He had just gotten back from taking his little sister to her prom. The two, and an undisclosed amount of friends, tried to sit at an uncleared table, which allegedly riled up one of the employees.

"They sat down at the table, and note what the first statements were from the Waffle House employee," Wall’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said at a news conference. "It wasn't welcoming or inviting and almost so inappropriate I have problems even repeating [what] he told Anthony Wall, his little sister and others in his party."

Wall told the waiter, who was white, that he couldn’t speak to the group like that. The situation escalated from there to include another Waffle House employee who was notably black.

"You will see from the video evidence as well as other objective evidence that indicates it was the Waffle House employees who were the initial aggressors," he added. "The Waffle House were unprofessional to their customers. Waffle House employees used homophobic slurs to Anthony Wall."

Wall reports that at this time, he was called a “faggot” by one of the employees and was threatened that a physical fight would break out.

Wall also later stated that he was to blame, along with the Waffle House staff, for the escalation of the fight. 

That’s when the police showed up. Problem is that one officer’s way of dissolving the conflict was to rough up Wall. It got so bad that the officer grabbed onto Wall’s throat and chocked him.

"I was trying to get his arm off my throat to stop him from choking me," Wall said in the Monday press conference, "I was not trying to fight him at all."

One of Wall’s friends recorded the altercation with the police officer and it was later uploaded to Facebook.

Afterwards, Wall was placed in the officer’s car with a police dog allegedly snapping at him from the back seat. Once processed, Wall was charged with disorderly conduct in public as well as resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer.

While the Waffle House says there will be an internal investigations to see if disciplinary actions are needed on their side (meaning they're looking into whether the employees incited the fight and used gay and racist slurs), the police and the mayor’s office state that they're sure race was not a factor in the actual arrest.

When asked to comment by NBC News, the Warsaw Police Chief Eric Southerland only stated that an officer can use physical force if someone is not complying.

In addition, A.J. Connors, the mayor of Warsaw who’s also a black man, said on Friday that the arrest, and it’s forcefulness, wasn’t based on race but rather based on a "young man who had broken the law, and a law enforcement officer arrested him."

h/t: NBC News

Toronto Pride Politely Pushes Police Away!

Toronto Pride Politely Pushes Police Away!


Does This Work Well For Anyone?

#HMM. Alright, I'll preface this next story by telling you I am not Canadian, so I can't fully understand their LGBTQ culture. From what I've witnessed, solely through social media, the only argument I can actually make is I find their men loads sexier than the dudes in the United States. I'm a big fan of my country, current politic madness aside, but if I'm going anywhere with a passport, it's guaranteed to be Canada. Anyway, for the country's Pride 2018 season, pride planners politely requested the police to withdraw their application to march in the parade. Get ready for a South Park reference: Are the police not a buddy or guy of Canada's gay citizens?! 


According to CBC, the LGBTQ Canadians wish the police would focus more on their communication, protection, and trust within their community. In a public tweet, Pride Toronto states they are more concerned with the deaths of members of their community that have been unsolved.

Related Article: Another Death Linked to Alleged Toronto Gay Village Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

Pride Toronto claims to have tried to address the disappearances or deaths of its community members, but the police won't seem to listen to them. The LGBTQ community has gone so far as to ban police floats from the parade for a second year in a row. They're pissed and they certainly have a reason. 


Check out the tweet from Pride Toronto below:

 

 


After reading the tweet and aforementioned article, I felt pretty passionate about my distaste for the Toronto Pride being way too salty to their police. Yes, I can empathize with their frustrations of not feeling heard. However, I cannot begin to understand why those with powerful voices within the LGBTQ community would flat out separate themselves from the police in general. Is this tactic at all useful for the community trying to unite themselves? By seemingly protesting them? There has to be a handful of LGBTQ Police Officers in the Toronto ... so, are these people worthless? None of this makes sense whatsoever. If anything, I would feel even less protected with police not around me. I proudly stand with the men and women in blue all around my own country. I cannot fathom the entire community is fine with this decision. Fortunately, I'm not the only person who feels this way. An incredibly written opt-ed from the Toronto Sun blasts Toronto Pride's hypocrites as their slogan is inclusion.

Pride Toronto lists “inclusivity” on its website as the first of the organization’s four core values.

“We welcome everyone and want everyone to be welcomed,” Pride declares. “We are accessible to everyone as we create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.”

How then, to reconcile Pride’s message to Toronto Police that for a second year in a row, they are not welcome to march in the city’s annual Pride parade?

Inclusion isn’t a principle of convenience.

Applying it selectively is divisive and hypocritical. - Toronto Sun 


How do you feel about Toronto Pride removing Police from their Pride lineup yet again? 


This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.