'If we have to bleed for it, we have to bleed for it,' says Clemmons supporter
SARALAND, Ala (WPMI) —
Today, a march was held in Saraland to support Chikesia Clemons, the woman arrested at a Saraland Waffle House on April 22. Clemons had reportedly acted in a hostile manner toward Waffle House employees after a disagreement, prompting a response from police. She was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, charges that protestors want dropped. Representative Napoleon Bracy spoke out loudly against the charges saying he personally asked that they be dropped. “If you won’t drop the charges,” Bracy said, “then we are going to turn the pressure up on all y’all.”
He also said that the “fight for justice” would continue. “If we have to bleed for it, we have to bleed for it, but we are going to continue to march and fight and let people know they will not continue to do people from our community like that.” Bracy also made a point to say that Saraland had a reputation, saying that many people he knew growing up were warned not to go there.
Benjamin Crump, a civil rights activist lawyer, also spoke, saying that Waffle House and Saraland needed to be held accountable. “If they don’t protect our black women, they won’t get our black dollars,” said Crump.
The group, some 50 or so people who said they were from Atlanta, DC, even Ferguson and other locations, marched in Saraland with signs, escorted by Saraland Police through traffic.
Clemons will be in court later this month.