Fifteen Years For Cutting In Line At Wal-mart....Does Race Have a Place in Kennett Dispute?
Protestors reportedly filled the small town's streets yesterday, and St. Louis defense attorney Scott "Free" Rosenblum is endeavoring to clear Ellis' name. The Ku Klux Klan is even alleged to have sent Ellis a message.
Witnesses have told authorities Ellis cut in front of waiting customers at the Walmart in Kennett on Jan. 6, 2007, shoved merchandise already placed on a conveyor belt out of the way, and became belligerent when confronted, according to court filings.
Ellis maintains she was merely joining her cousin, whose checkout line was moving more quickly. She claimed in a written complaint to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that she was then pushed by a white customer, hassled by store employees, called racial slurs and physically mistreated by Kennett police officers.
Police say in court documents that Ellis refused requests to calm down and leave the property, allegedly kicking one's shin and splitting another's lip.