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Man found guilty of resisting arrest in Waffle House dispute

Posted November 8, 2018 5:37 p.m. EST
Updated November 8, 2018 6:12 p.m. EST

— A man who said he was choked and thrown to the ground by a police officer outside a Waffle House was found guilty of resisting arrest, a judge found on Thursday.

Anthony Wall, 22, was arrested by Warsaw police officer Frank Moss in May after a fight broke out inside the Waffle House.

Cellphone video shows the encounter between Moss and Wall, who accompanied his sister to prom that night, outside the restaurant.

In court, employees testified that Wall demanded a waiter clean his table and became verbally abusive.

An employee called police, and Moss, an officer with a K9 unit, responded.

Wall complained that Moss choked him and threw him to the ground.

In a news conference soon after the incident, Wall described being "brutalized" by the officer.

He also alleged that Moss' dog growled and snapped at him on the way to jail.

But video shown in court provides no evidence that the dog was aggressive.

Richard White, an expert from the NC Criminal Justice Academy, said the amount of force used was “definitely less than what was reasonable.”

Judge Mario Perez sentenced Wall to 18 months of supervised probation.