UPDATE: Video of Brawl at Houston Chacho's Goes Viral, Reminds World We're Classy
This past Thursday, April 3, a bystander shot footage of three women at the Chacho's on Westheimer engaging in a physical altercation with management and staff at the restaurant. Eventually, a Chacho's employee pinned one of the women to the ground, while the other two circled around, yelling wildly for him to stop. One of them was carrying an infant in her arms.
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The video has now been shown on websites and news outlets across the country, gathering thousands of views. It's unclear exactly what caused the situation to escalate into such madness.
According to the New Black Panther Nation & The New Black Muslims, who issued a press release about the incident and planned to hold a protest outside of Chacho's on Sunday, April 6, the disagreement began over a to-go cup. Other news outlets have reported that the women ordered alcoholic beverages at Chacho's, then grew irate when they were told they could not take the alcohol with them in to-go cups or get refunds for their purchases.
Fox News reports that the planned protest fizzled out on Sunday after both sides agreed to bring in a third party to investigate the incident. The manager who allegedly instigated the scuffle was fired after the owner of Chacho's, John Burke, viewed the video.
Quanell X, New Black Panther Nation & New Black Muslims leader, has been speaking on behalf of the women involved, Sally Prince, LaShondra Prince and Mekell Prince, as has their lawyer, Peyman Momeni. Quanell X has been very vocal about his support for the women and his consternation at the fact that no one has been arrested for the alleged assault.
Calls to both Burke and Quanell X have not been returned.
UPDATE: Quanell X contacted us and clarified that the protest did take place. He said about 90 people showed up outside of Chacho's on Sunday, including two of the alleged victims and their family and friends. He added that the owner of the restaurant met with them at that time, and that it was a "productive meeting."
Quanell X also clarified that the disagreement began because the three alleged victims saw two Hispanic girls get a to-go cup for their margaritas and leave the premises. When the alleged victims then asked for to-go cups for their drinks, they were informed that restaurant policy forbids alcohol to leave the building. One of the women then asked to see the policy, and the manager told her no. She asked for a refund and he again told her no. When she asked why, according to a video the lawyers released to Fox, the manager replied, "Because you're a bitch."
Quanell X says one of the women then reached over the counter to grab a cup. That's when the manager came around the counter and the physical altercation began.
"My grandmother told me under no circumstances do you put your hands on a woman unless your life is in danger," Quanell X said. "Then you can defend yourself. But my grandmother said it's a cowardly man who will put his hand on a woman. Those are cowards masquerading with male genitalia. Those are not men."
If you have not seen it already, check out the original, unedited video. What do you think?
Note: This video contains strong language. And violence. Clearly.
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