Raleigh police officers responded to a Wingstop fast food restaurant Friday night after receiving a call of a disturbance between employees and customers who were throwing chicken wings at each other.
The irate customers were claiming they had been shortchanged on their order through Door Dash and were demanding a refund, according to the 911 call, obtained by WRAL News.
But the customers had left by the time the North Carolina cops arrived so they ended up focusing on a man who had nothing to with the melee; a customer who had walked into the Wingstop to order food without any apparent knowledge of what had taken place moments earlier.
But Raleigh police claimed Mekhi Lucky “matched the description” of one of the men involved so they decided to arrest him – despite witnesses, including the Wingstop manager, insisting he was the wrong man.
Lucky, a 24-year-old Black man, made headlines in 2017 for his unique appearance after his mugshot went viral, revealing him to have one brown eyes and one blue eye, resulting in him signing a contract with a modeling agency.
A video recorded by a Wingstop employee shows three cops wrestling him down, including one officer who placed a knee to his neck.
The video shows Wingstop manager Lucretia Godwin recording and repeatedly telling the cops not to arrest him so they arrested her on two felony counts of assaulting an officer. One of the cops slapped the phone out of her as she was recording, shattering it.
Earlier in the evening before cops had arrived, Godwin had shoved the irate customers out the door and even exchanged punches with one of the men so it is unlikely she would suddenly defend the customers from arrest.
But not only did Raleigh police ignore her when she repeatedly insisted they were arresting the wrong man, they ended up arresting her on two felony counts of assaulting an officer.
“They’re making it seem like I did something to them, but they were assaulting me though,” Godwin told WRAL News.
“They were mad because I was recording them.”
Police also arrested a woman named Alexandra Henley on assault charges after she turned herself in later that evening but it is not clear at this time exactly what role she played in the melee.
A 16-year-old employee was also arrested but police have not released the juvenile’s name but we can assume it is the one who recorded the video and was also telling cops he was the wrong man.
Lucky was charged with resisting an officer but the evidence shows he was resisting an unlawful arrest.