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Thursday Open Thread | Stop it, Van Jones. Stop Trying to Normalize This Administration

Van Jones has been trying to shin and grin, giving cover to the Dolt45 Adminstration, talking about some bullshyt ‘Prison Reform’.

Thinks that he can shame those of us who know that it’s a piece of garbage to shut up.

Cozying up to Dolt45, and the newest GOP Black Coon on the Pole – Candace Owens.

That we’re supposed to pretend that we don’t have Attorney General White Citizens Council as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in this country.

Like we don’t know that he’s turn back every police department consent decree that he could.

That he told the National Police Association just last week, that they pretty much can do whatever the phuck they want to Black people.

That we can’t have research into the White Domestic Terrorists, but now, we have the “Black Extremists” category open for investigation?

That we don’t know that the KKKeebler Elf is against legal marijuana, and wants folks locked up for it – period.

That, despite 44’s Administration getting rid of Private Prisons, that they are back in business now…

We’re supposed to ignore ALLLLL of that, because Van Jones wants to shin and grin and shuck and jive, and think WE are supposed to go along with it?

Phuck outta here.

Don’t believe me that it’s garbage….listen to MY Attorney General-Eric Holder:


There’s something huge missing from the White House’s prison bill

By Eric H. Holder Jr.

May 21 at 4:42 PM

Eric H. Holder Jr. was U.S. attorney general from 2009 to 2015.

Over the past decade, Republicans and Democrats across the country have joined forces to advocate for a fairer, more effective criminal-justice system — one that would keep us safe while reducing unnecessary mass incarceration. At the heart of that effort has been an attempt to reduce overly punitive sentences that fill our prisons for no discernible public-safety rationale.

But now the Trump administration is pushing a misguided legislative effort — likely to be voted on in the House this week — that threatens to derail momentum for sentencing reform. The bill is a tempting half-measure, but lawmakers should resist the lure. The chance to implement real, comprehensive reform may not come again any time soon.

………………………………………….

Unfortunately, this progress has hit a roadblock with the Trump administration’s modest prison reform bill, called the First Step Act. The bill seeks to improve prison conditions — such as by requiring that inmates be housed within 500 driving miles of their families and by prohibiting shackles on pregnant women. It also includes education, job training and other personal development programs, as well as a system of incentives to participate in the programs.

These narrow reforms are important, but they do not require congressional action, nor do they deliver the transformative change we need. The only way to do that is by amending the bill to include comprehensive, bipartisan sentencing reform.
Why is this so important? The statistics are stark and, by now, well-known. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. Mass incarceration is a core civil rights struggle for this generation: One in three black men will be behind bars at some point, a disparity that perpetuates underemployment in the black community and contributes to the racial wealth gap. The system is hugely expensive and ultimately unfair. And it is not necessary to prevent and punish crime.

It is impossible to right this wrong unless we send the right people to prison for appropriate lengths of time. That starts by making sure that federal prison sentences are smart on crime rather than thoughtlessly “tough.” The Justice Department worked toward that goal when I led the agency under President Barack Obama, blunting the impact of harsh mandatory minimum sentences by directing federal prosecutors to seek lower charges when possible. It worked. The federal prison population dropped while the nation continued to experience near-record-low crime rates.

 

 

Many see the broader picture. This could lead to the privatization of prisons, which puts the power in the hands of the AG. On paper, it seems nice. In reality, it’s moving backwards. Focus on minimum sentencing first, & the rest follows. #FirstStepAct #TuesdayThoughts

— Dan Kan (@dkan1030) May 22, 2018

Uh huh

Uh huh

Analysis: Black defendants receive longer prison terms from Republican-appointed judges, study finds https://t.co/HYz8ItVGPI

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 23, 2018

Ignore the bile that rises from your gut every time you see Van Jones shmoozing with the white nationalist president or kissing white supremacist Jeffrey Lord on CNN, you guys. Just take Sippy Cupp’s word vouching for his integrity instead. https://t.co/DRtXva6jxV

— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 23, 2018

Van provides window dressing so racist administration can point to their black friend without really doing anything https://t.co/7YipZQTyul

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 23, 2018

As a commenter on POU pointed out:

jziglar

A real criminal justice reform bill was the Fair Sentencing Act that was passed and signed by Pres. Obama in 2010. That act substantially reduced the crack cocaine sentencing disparity, made it retroactive, and eliminated mandatory minimums for crack-cocaine sentencing. Or a criminal justice transparency bill: The Death in Custody reporting Act which was signed into law by Pres. Obama in his second term. Where was Van Jones applauding Pres. Obama then? This bill is a joke when compared to serious reform proposals.

Yes, Van, A JOKE.

So, don’t expect us, who see the forest for the trees, to applaud you for clowning like this..

AND


STOP.TRYING.TO.NORMALIZE.THIS.ADMINISTRATION.

Trump targets transgender prisoners — but he’s not the first

No shame, empathy, morals, grace, or mercy.

In the latest attack on trans people’s safety, the Trump administration announced that they will assign incarcerated transgender people to prisons based on the sex they were assigned at birth.

The decision was made in response to a lawsuit by a Christian hate group against a 2012 Obama-era guidance that permitted a small number of transgender people to be incarcerated in a prison that matched their gender and allowed some trans people in prison to access gender-affirming hormones and clothing. It also challenges regulations from the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) that aimed to address the extremely high rates of sexual assault against trans people.

The Justice Department claims that housing transgender women in men’s prisons is necessary to “maintai[n] security and good order in Federal prisons.”

Make no mistake: This policy has nothing to do with keeping anyone safe. The safety rhetoric employed by the Trump administration now is the same as that used to justify pushing trans people (especially trans women of color) out of spaces like bathrooms and schools. At the heart of this rhetoric is an assumption that trans women are sexual predators who need to be controlled and ultimately eliminated, while, in reality, trans women are very often victims of sexual violence.  

Trans women of color who are caged in state institutions — prisons, jails, and detention centers — are extremely vulnerable. One in five transgender people are sexually assaulted by prison guards or other prisoners — a rate that is six times higher than cis incarcerated people. Black & Pink estimates that 100% of LGBTQ people in prison experience sexual violence, the brunt of which is experienced by trans women and transfemme people of color. Groups like the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the ACLU have been working for over a decade to address the way trans and intersex people are treated in men’s prisons, documenting survivors’ stories and pushing for change.

The previous Obama administration policy allowed some trans women to find a modicum of safety in an extremely dangerous institution. This heinous policy change will increase the violence that trans women — particularly black and brown trans women — already experience in prisons.

While this change is a step backward, it’s important to point out that policies and regulations were doing little to protect the most vulnerable trans people during previous administrations either. Despite the Obama guidance and regulations like PREA, trans women are regularly incarcerated in men’s facilities, forced into solitary confinement (a form of torture), and denied lifesaving access to hormone therapy.

In an institution so fundamentally dehumanizing, racist, sexist, and transphobic, even liberal reform efforts like PREA are often used to further punish and isolate incarcerated trans people. Prisons invoke PREA regulations to ban trans and gender non-conforming prisoners from wearing clothing that affirms their identity and to punish trans people for engaging in consensual affection like hugging or hand holding. Far from addressing the root causes of widespread sexual violence against trans people in prisons, these approaches assume that trans people should be blamed for being sexually assaulted, because their mere existence invites violence.

The extreme violence trans people — overwhelmingly trans women and trans femmes of color —  experience is often conceptualized as an interpersonal phenomenon, as in actions like Trans Day of Remembrance. But the transphobic attitudes that lead to sexual violence and murder of trans women of color are also enforced by institutions and their policies. And in prison, where everyone is subjected to total control of their bodies, rape and abuse, and isolation, it is clear that policies do not protect trans people from both the unique violence they experience and the trauma of being incarcerated.

Efforts by activists to provide trans people on the inside with support and access to information and to help formerly incarcerated trans people are a vital form of harm reduction, one that is much-needed in the wake of policy decisions like this one. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the larger goal articulated by trans activists: to get people out of prison entirely.

Image credit: The Guardian

Monday Open Thread | The Demonization of Immigrants by Dolt45

ICYMI,

It is now the official policy of the United States Government to TAKE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER.

Now, after they have already LOST OVER 1500 CHILDREN IN DHS CUSTODY…

They are now going to ADD to that group.

You read right – THEY HAVE LOST 1500 CHILDREN…but, since those children are pretty much NON-WHITE, the MSM can’t be concerned about it.

Do, what does Dolt45 have to to say about it?

Trump on breaking up families: “We have to break up families. Democrats gave us that law. It’s a horrible thing we have to break up families.” pic.twitter.com/XkpAYuXQpW

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 16, 2018

You do now that it’s a damn lie. Of course, non of the idiot press in the room could be bothered to follow up with..

” Exactly what law is it that you’re talking about, and how come the Obama Administration didn’t separate parents and children?”

Of course, not, because that would be too much like right.

What else did Dol45 do?

VIDEO: “These aren’t people. These are animals,” says @POTUS. pic.twitter.com/PSuquD3jGn

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 16, 2018

When people rightfully got up in arms, then suddenly, we get the MSM talking about CONTEXT.

CONTEXT?

They didn’t know how to spell the word during 44’s Administration.

But, suddenly, we’re supposed to understand that the animals remark was for MS13.

Bullshyt.

A man who ran an anti-immigrant campaign.

A man, whose policies are nothing but anti-immigrant, if YOU ARE NOT WHITE.

POLICY UPON POLICY to throw out those in this country WHO ARE NOT WHITE.

The ICE raids on people WHO ARE NOT CRIMINALS

And, now, the going after GREEN CARD HOLDERS?

BUT, we have to CONTEXT?

PHUCK OUTTA HERE.

WE already know the context, because we see the ENTIRE RACIST BASED IMMIGRATION POLICY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION.

WE are very clear about what’s happening.

STOP.TRYING.TO.NORMALIZE.THIS. ADMNISTRATION.

At a certain point you run out of language strong enough to describe and condemn the president’s bigotry. It’s vile.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 16, 2018

EXACTLY.

Stat of the Day: 43% of American Families Can’t Afford Basic Expenses Like Rent

The official poverty rate in the United States is 12.7% — but according to a new study by the United Way ALICE Project, 43% of American families don’t earn enough on a monthly basis to cover basic expenses like rent, food, health care, child care, transportation, or a cell phone. 

That figure includes about 16 million families that are in poverty. It also includes 34.7 million families who work and earn enough that, formally speaking, they’re not in poverty. They are technically “middle class” — but as wages stagnate and housing prices skyrocket, the economic security and quality of life we usually associate with the term “middle class” just gets further and further out of reach.  It’s no wonder millennials are the highest-educated but most debt-burdened generation in American history.

United Way calls the people who fall into this gap (not in poverty, but still struggling to make ends meet) the “ALICE” cohort: “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” ALICE, this report argues, is the new American middle class:

ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

We tend to measure the health of the economy by the unemployment rate or the stock market. But the unemployment rate has been falling for a decade, stocks are at an all time high — yet almost half of American families still live financially precarious lives. Maybe it’s time to start measuring the economy’s health in terms of how it affects our material lives.

You can check out United Way’s full report here.

Image credit: People Demanding Action

Thursday Open Thread | Mueller issues grand jury subpoena to Roger Stone adviser

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a social media specialist who previously worked for Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, according to a report.

A lawyer for social media and Twitter expert Jason Sullivan told Reuters that two subpoenas were delivered last week to Sullivan’s lawyers.

The report says the subpoenas seem to indicate that Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is partly focusing on Stone and his communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Stone has made contradicting statements about whether he knew in advance that WikiLeaks was going to publish a trove of hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.

He appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee last year and denied collusion between those close to Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I am aware of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign,” he told reporters in September.

President Trump has also denied collusion between his campaign and Russia, often referring to Mueller’s probe as a witch hunt.

Sullivan told Reuters that he worked as Stone’s chief strategist on the Trump campaign, and currently is in charge of Cyphoon.com.

Sullivan told Reuters that he helped Stone and the Trump campaign create Twitter “swarms” that would boost social media support for the candidate. One strategy document obtained by Reuters that Sullivan prepared referenced “The Age of Weaponized Social Media.”

Reuters cited an Election Day tweet from Trump, which garnered more than 343,000 retweets.

Sullivan told the outlet that swarm from that tweet contributed to overcoming a surge in pro-Clinton social media posts.

Mueller has subpoenaed Sullivan to appear before a grand jury on May 18 and to turn over documents and electronic information.

Monday Open Thread | Michael Avenatti Bombshell: Qatari Investor Accused of Bribery Met Cohen and Flynn at Trump Tower

Members of the Trump transition team appear to have met on December 12, 2016 with a group from Qatar that included Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, the former Qatari diplomat and current head of a division of Qatar’s massive sovereign wealth fund who is accused in a recent lawsuit of scheming to bribe Trump administration officials.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, on Sunday shared an ambiguous tweet showing a group of unidentified men in a Trump Tower elevator with Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney.

The photos include a person who appears to be Al-Rumaihi, who in late 2016 and 2017 was part of an aggressive Qatari effort to forge ties with members of the Trump administration. It has not previously been reported that Qataris, including Al-Rumaihi, met with Cohen in December 2016. Avenatti later followed up with another tweet asking why Cohen was meeting with Al-Rumaihi and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor.


Ice Cube, the rapper and actor, and his business partner Jeff Kwatinetz recently filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit that includes an allegation that Al-Rumaihi and other Qatari officials who invested in the men’s BIG3 basketball league indicated interest gaining access to people connected to Trump. “Mr Al-Rumaihi requested I set up a meeting between him, the Qatari government, and Stephen Bannon, and to tell Steve Bannon that Qatar would underwrite all of his political efforts in return for his support,” Kwatinetz said in the court filing. Kwatinetz says he rejected the offer, which he viewed as a bribe.

Those portions in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/MghJXIcQdm

— UsHadrons (@ushadrons) May 14, 2018

In response, Kwatinetz claims, “Al-Rumaihi laughed and then stated to me that I shouldn’t be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money, and stated ‘do you think Flynn turned down our money?’” That’s a reference to Michael Flynn, who was fired as Trump’s national security adviser after lying about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Sports Trinity, a group that included the Qatari investors in BIG3, claims that Kwantinetz is lying. “The statements in Mr. Kwatinetz’s declaration are pure Hollywood fiction,” a spokesperson for the group said in a statement. “Mr. Kwatinetz is engaging in a xenophobic PR smear campaign against Sport Trinity, the largest investor in BIG3 basketball, to cover up his own mismanagement and erratic behavior with respect to the league.”

Last week Avenatti released a report, later largely confirmed, that detailed secret payments by a several corporations to a limited liability company set up by Cohen. In another picture Avenatti posted along with the photos of Al-Rumaihi, Cohen speaks with Flynn. Avenatti’s photo of Flynn appears to be a screenshot of a YouTube video that does not feature the footage of Al-Rumaihi. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.

The Qatari Embassy and Qatari Investment Authority did not respond Sunday to requests for comment on Al-Rumaihi’s presence at Trump Tower and purpose of the meeting.

Giuliani: Trump repaid Cohen for Stormy Daniels settlement

In a television interview that appeared to contradict President Donald Trump’s prior statements, Trump’s new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Wednesday night that Trump had repaid Michael Cohen for the $130,000 he facilitated to Stormy Daniels in 2016.

“It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation,” Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “[They] funneled through a law firm, and then the president repaid it.”

Later, Hannity returned to the topic, asking Giuliani to “clarify” what he was talking about.

“I was talking about the $130,000 payment, the settlement payment” Giuliani said bluntly, explaining, “That was money that was paid by his lawyer — the way I would do, out of his law firm funds, or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter — and the president reimbursed that over the period of several months.”

Rudy Giuliani says Trump knew about “the general arrangement” that Michael Cohen “would take care of things like” porn star payments and Trump repaid the $130,000 that Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels. pic.twitter.com/8TuSfwe5qM

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 3, 2018

Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, had facilitated the payment in connection with a 2016 settlement agreement signed by Stormy Daniels, the adult film star whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.

Asked aboard Air Force One on April 5 about whether he even knew about the payment, Trump simply said, “No.” Asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

EXCLUSIVE: @MichaelAvenatti responds to Rudy Giuliani claiming Trump repaid Stormy Daniels hush money. pic.twitter.com/d56nAQVKoS

— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) May 3, 2018

Asked whether Trump knew about the payment at the time, Giuliani said, “He didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know. But he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this — like I take care of things like this for my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.”

Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer in two pending lawsuits against Trump, responded on Twitter, saying, “Mr. Trump stood on AF1 and blatantly lied. … This should never be acceptable in our America.”

Friday Open Thread | Former NFL player completely unconscious after being slammed to the ground by police

Just because they can get away with any excuse? That’s enough reason to be excessive if you feel like it?

I despise them with everything in me. Black people aren’t safe in this country as long as these slave catching thugs are policing black communities. They’re blood thirsty savages hunting & preying on black people. If you cry out in pain from their violence they either choke the life from you or shoot you.

Mass murderer Travis Reinking shot 8 people, killing 4 of them at Waffle House. Police captured him alive and he was still armed. Police didn’t fire a single bullet at him. 2 Americas, people.

While shouting “I’m not even doing nothing! I’m not even fighting back!” former NFL defensive back Desmond Marrow was grabbed by police and slammed to the ground.

According to 11Alive news, however, Marrow appeared to go limp after being pinned to the ground by three white Henry County Police officers.

Marrow was warned he was going to get tased, handcuffed first then pressed against a white truck. One officer lifted his right leg and Marrow was then thrown to the ground.

@ShaunKing…… smh pic.twitter.com/VfQEs7hF37

— E. Dewey Smith (@edeweysmith) April 26, 2018

Off camera, a person can be heard saying that the incident is “unbelievable.”

An officer was seen leaning near Marrow’s head with his hands around the handcuffed man’s throat.

“I can’t breathe,” Marrow can be heard saying. The plea for help a haunting reminder of the chokehold from New York Police that killed Eric Garner.

Marrow then went completely limp.

In a Facebook post, Marrow explained that officers tried to say that he had a gun in his pocket, however, it was only a cell phone. He said that the police “knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion.”

In a separate interview, Marrow revealed how terrifying the incident was.

“I was fully cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I thought I was going to die. I was sure I was passing out or dying.”

No videos show what occurred that led to the incident. It is unclear if there is any body cam video.

Whose Gun Rights? Black Woman Incarcerated for Self-Defense

Racism rules when it comes to guns and self-defense – why we need black lives matter.

Last month Detroit-based environmental justice activist Siwatu-Salama Ra was sentenced to two years in prison for brandishing an unloaded gun in an effort to protect her two year-old daughter and mother from an aggressor. Ra’s “felonious assault” conviction is a blatant contradiction of Michigan’s stand-your-ground laws – yet we haven’t heard anything from NRA supporters, proving once more that the gun rights movement is only concerned with protecting the “freedom” of white men. 

Michigan is an open carry state, with stand-your-ground laws which legally justify a defendant’s decision to use force instead of retreating from an attack. Other cases which have explored the stand-your-ground defense include George Zimmerman, who claimed to fear for his life when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

However, stand-your-ground laws are notoriously arbitrary and racist in their application. We saw this in Florida back in 2012 when Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at a wall to to scare off her abusive husband. She tried to use Florida’s stand-your-ground law to prove her use of a weapon was in self-defense and though her husband even admitted to abusing her, the courts ruled against her.

In the wake of Alexander’s trial, the Urban Institute reported that in stand-your-ground states, 34% of homicides are considered justified by the law when white shooters kill black people, yet when black shooters kill white people, only 3% of cases are considered justifiable. Neither Alexander nor Ra shot or harmed anyone, yet as Black women they were denied the protection of the stand-your-ground law which is afforded to so many men.

Ra’s case is also a prime example of the questionable investigative policies of the Detroit Police Department. After Ra revealed her gun, Ra’s neighbor took photos as evidence and immediately filed a report to the police department and because the neighbor reported first, Detroit Police considered Ra the assailant and. Michigan’s stand-your-ground law only applies for self-defense, precluding Ra from using it. What’s worse, the state’s mandatory sentencing laws for crimes involving guns blocked the judge from using discretion on the case, which the jury was unaware of before  arriving to their verdict – all of which ended with Ra, pregnant, being sentenced to two years in prison without firing a shot.

Victoria Burton-Harris, one of Ra’s attorneys, summarizes the relationship between racism and criminal justice:

“You’re allowed to behave differently when you’re fearful based on the color of your skin. George Zimmerman was allowed to be fearful and to act on that fear… Juxtapose that next to my client who had a car coming at her mother, and that same car had just presented danger to her child. It was driven by the complaining witness, but Siwatu wasn’t allowed to be fearful and rely on her government-licensed and sanctioned firearm to ward off her attacker.”

To add to the situation, Siwatu-Salama Ra is expecting to give birth in July. Patrisse Khan-Cullors reported on Democracy Now that since being taken to prison, Ra has been shackled during doctor visits and will likely be shackled when giving birth. Restraining pregnant people is inhumane and harms both the woman and baby’s health. On top of this Ra, as a practicing Muslim woman, has been denied pork-free meals and a hijab for her five daily prayers. Without proper protein, she’s lost weight, potentially complicating her pregnancy.

Siwatu-Salama Ra is not the first Black woman unfairly targeted and abused by our criminal justice system. As students across the country demand gun reform, we must ensure that the experiences and needs of women and people of color, who suffer disproportionately from gun violence and criminalization, are centralized within the movement. Let’s call out the gun lobby’s movement for “freedom” as the racist farce that it is. Sign up for updates on Ra’s website, send her letters, and consider donating funds for her appeal.

Image Header Credit: Blavity

Police wrestled a black woman to the ground, exposing her breasts in restaurant

Despicable racism!

It looked like a sexual assault in a public restaurant. Slave patrols pulling a black woman’s clothes off in public and dragging her to the ground over plastic wear & patrons kept eating like it was nothing. Cop also threatened to break black woman’s arm. Perverted slave patrol mofos!  Dylann Roof killed 9 Black people at a church & cops took him to get food at Burger King. I despise them with everything in me!

Two police officers in Alabama wrestled a woman to the ground in a Waffle House on Sunday morning, exposing her breasts during the struggle and prompting comparisons to two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks earlier this month.

The incident sparked a sit-in protest at the store Sunday afternoon, and prompted responses from the NAACP and celebrities.

A video that has gone viral shows Chikesia Clemons, 25, sitting on a chair at the diner in Saraland, north of Mobile, as one of the officers grabs her neck and right wrist in an attempt to subdue her. Clemons describes a disagreement with a store employee that triggered the police response. She soon appears conscious of her tube top, and raises her arms to cover her bust line.

“You’re not going to grab on me like that, no,” Clemons tells the officer, who appears to speak to another officer off-camera in the video filmed by Clemons’s friend, Canita Adams.

What happens next is unclear. AL.com published an edited version of Adams’s video that jumps to the moment Clemons and the two officers go to the ground in a violent tumble. It is unclear from the video who initiated the struggle that forced Clemons and the officers to the floor.

#BoycottWaffleHouse A Waffle House in Saraland,Alabama called the police on Chikesha Clemons. The dispute was over utensils. Chikesia wanted the corporate office number. Police showed up threatening to break her arm,exposed her breast during the fake arrest. pic.twitter.com/DYK9ymzOIf

— Advise Media Network (@AdviseShowMedia) April 23, 2018

“What are you doing?” Clemons asks as the struggle continues on the tile floor.

“I’ll break your arm, that’s what I’m about to do,” an officer says.

The struggle continues, with officers demanding Clemons to stop “resisting” as her breast is exposed.

At one point, an officer places his hand around her neck.

“You’re choking me!” Clemons cries out.

The officer releases his grip when a third officer nearby gestures with his hand. Clemons was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, her mother Chiquitta Clemons-Howard told AL.com