November 9, 2015
Tuscaloosa Video: Tuscaloosa Police Beat And Tase Students, Videos Go Viral Online [Video]

There are videos showing the Tuscaloosa police reportedly responding to a noise complaint, and somehow that noise complaint turned into violent videos of the Tuscaloosa police beating and applying a taser to two students. The Tuscaloosa Police Department was reportedly responding to a noise complaint call at an off campus apartment, and as reported by WBRC, several videos capture what happened next.

Warning: The below video titled "Tuscaloosa PD violently arresting students" contains language that might be upsetting to some viewers.

In the video, the Tuscaloosa police can be seen outside of an apartment, with one officer pulling on the shirt of a young man. A woman's voice can be heard as well, with her growing increasingly upset. The Tuscaloosa police are asked if they are arresting or detaining the students. Eventually one of the Tuscaloosa police officers replies that he is placing the man under arrest. The woman in the background wants to know why the man is being arrested. At one point, another man tries to close the door, but it appears that the Tuscaloosa police officer has his foot in the door and doesn't allow the door to be closed.
As tempers flare, the police eventually grab one man and pull him outside. One of the Tuscaloosa officers may have used a baton to beat the man, as seen in the video. Another man is pulled outside by the police, as other officers appear as well. The sounds of a taser can be heard in the video. More details about why the incident occurred are being researched, but in the meantime, Steve Anderson -- the Tuscaloosa police chief -- has released a statement about viewing the video on Sunday evening, saying the troubling video was sent to the Internal Affairs office in Tuscaloosa.
Many versions and vantage points of the video are surfacing online.
I watched the video about an hour ago. I have forwarded the video to our Internal Affairs investigators. They will begin an investigation tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, reaction to the shocking Tuscaloosa police video has folks asking plenty of questions about what necessitated such an event. In the video, a man can be heard telling one officer that there are two more people upstairs. They continually tell the Tuscaloosa officers that they are recording the entire scene on video, and one man curses, saying he "doesn't give a f***," and another tells the woman to calm down while another tells her to "shut the f*** up."

When one person mentions that the Tuscaloosa officers need a warrant to search their apartment, one Tuscaloosa officer says that he doesn't need a warrant while another Tuscaloosa officer, who walks briefly in the apartment and then leaves, says he wasn't searching the apartment.

According to the Crimson White, the Tuscaloosa incident began with a noise complaint about loud music in the middle of the night.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department released a statement saying the incident occurred Nov. 8 at 3:19 a.m. and was a result of a loud music call. A full investigation of the circumstances that are depicted in these videos will be conducted and all appropriate measures taken to ensure the integrity of the Tuscaloosa Police Department in serving the citizens of Tuscaloosa, the statement read.
The results of the investigation will likely be eagerly awaited by those wanting to know what will come of these viral and upsetting incidents.
[Image via YouTube/Jim Schwartz]