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NBJC Stands in Solidarity with Anthony Walls, Demands Accountability from Warsaw, NC Police After Waffle House Chokehold and Arrest


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released a statement today from NBJC Executive Director, David J. Johns, following the announcement that the family of 22-year-old Anthony Wall has hired national civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin L. Crump of Ben Crump Law, PLLC to investigate the violent chokehold and controversial arrest of Walls, a Black gay man. Walls was recently arrested by local police at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina during an incident that was caught on video.

“The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is pleased to hear that the Wall family has retained Attorney Ben Crump following the unnecessarily violent – and presumably unwarranted – arrest of Anthony Wall. The now viral video of the incident that involved Mr. Wall, who simply wanted to enjoy a meal after taking his younger sister to the prom, demands a thorough investigation so that justice can be served. The National Black Justice Coalition, as well as the rest of the civil rights community, will be closely following developments in the investigation to ensure that all the facts are put out before the public and that the police are held accountable for this extreme violence against a member of our community for merely existing and demanding professional service as any other patron would.

“This is but one more instance that highlights why NBJC focuses on protecting people, particularly our young people, from vitriolic discrimination in our country, whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, identity or anything else. We look forward to seeing justice served for Mr. Wall, as well as all other victims of discrimination, and we will continue standing with and fighting for equal protection, under the law, for all.”


The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.