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Dr. Bernice King urging people to avoid Waffle House after another controversial incident

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More fallout for Atlanta-based restaurant chain Waffle House. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., is urging people to stay away from the restaurant until the company has a more in-depth discussion on racism.

This comes after another controversial incident, this time at a North Carolina location.

A video posted to social media shows teenager Anthony Wall in his prom attire being choked by a police officer and slammed to the ground at a Waffle House parking lot in Warsaw, N.C.

One video posted to Facebook on May 8 shows the white officer slamming the black teenager against a window, then turning him around and gripping the teen's neck.

The officer then pins him to the pavement with his left hand on the teen's head as other young people stand around them, recording the scene.

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Waffle House under fire for series of incidents

The company has come under fire in recent weeks after a string of controversies which has prompted sit-ins and boycotts. 

On April 22, a video showing Chikesia Clemons being wrestled to the ground by officers at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama went viral. In a post on Facebook, friends of Clemons said she was arrested after an argument with a Waffle House waitress over refusal to provide free plastic tableware. 

Police say employees called them because Clemons appeared to be drunk and witnesses say they were afraid of her behavior. She was charged with disorderly conduct and is now out on bail.

Another incident happened at a Pinson, Alabama location on the same day. Jacinda Mitchell says she was denied entry and posted video on Facebook, showing the doors locked and only white customers eating inside. 

Alabama television station WBRC spoke with the employee in the video who locked the doors. Her name is Shelby and she was nearly in tears sharing her side of the story.

Shelby says they were short staffed so she locked the doors to clear a few tables. Shelby said she knew that locking the doors was wrong, but she felt overwhelmed and the decision was not about race.

In response to the recent incidents, a sit-in was recently held in Brookhaven, where several people sat inside the restaurant, ordering only soft drinks as an apparent way of attempting to hurt the company's bottom line.

In a tweet posted to her account on Thursday, Dr. Bernie King wrote, "Family, let's stay out of @WaffleHouse until the corporate office legitimately and seriously commits to 1) discussion on racism, 2) employee training, and 3) other plans to change; and until they start to implement changes."

CBS46's Adam Harding received a response from Waffle House representatives Friday morning that read:

"We are looking into the incident that occurred at our Warsaw, NC, restaurant to gather all the facts.   Initial reports say the customer became agitated, and the police were called.  In an interview with WTVD-TV in Raleigh, NC, Mr. Wall said he took things too far with our employees. We continue to cooperate with the local authorities in their investigation. We refer any questions about the arrest to the local police department."

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