Man in Warsaw Waffle House resisting arrest video found guilty

Warsaw Police Department officials have confirmed to NewsChannel 12 that the officer who put a man in a chokehold outside of a Waffle House has been put on administrative leave. (Photo from Anthony Wall Facebook video)

The man at the center of a viral video where he appeared to resist arrest at the Waffle House in Warsaw was found guilty on Thursday in a Kenansville court.

NewsChannel 12's Christina Thompson was in the Kenansville courtroom Thursday for the trail, which had no jury because it was a misdemeanor trial where the judge renders a verdict. Wall was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The judge found Wall guilty of resisting arrest and resisting a public officer.

The judge gave Wall 18 months supervised probation, 48 hours of community service and he'll also have to take anger management classes.

The case gained national attention after a viral video of the May incident. Officials said Wall was being unruly and wouldn't leave the restaurant while Wall said he his sister, who had returned from the prom, were being discriminated against.

Warsaw Police Officer Frank Moss was seen outside the restaurant putting his hands on Wall's throat to try to subdue him during the altercation. Video of the incident was shared on social media. Moss was placed on administrative leave while the investigation was conducted.

The defense called no witnesses but the prosecution had several who took the stand. Some prosecution witnesses said they heard racial slurs like Wall saying "get your white hands off me" and others said they did not, only hearing "get your hands off me." The prosecution also showed many videos of that night, including Snapchats from customers, camera video of the physical altercation between Moss and Wall, police car footage and surveillance footage from the Waffle House.

Moss took the stand and said his body cam fell off when he tried to forcibly escort Wall from the Waffle House.

Moss described the choke hold as a technique he learned in police school. He said he was trying to find a "pressure point" like area to get Wall to calm down during the scuffle.

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