Justice

Alabama Student Beaten and Tased by Police for Noise Complaint

November 9th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Alabama police have launched an internal investigation after three videos surfaced on Sunday of officers dragging three University of Alabama students from an off-campus apartment and using a Taser and nightstick on at least one student.

The officers were responding to a noise complaint early Sunday morning, according to a statement from the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Here's a video from inside the apartment:

While it is unclear what happened before the incident, two videos show an officer holding a student by his shirt in the doorway before backup arrives and storms the apartment.The students ask if they're being arrested or detained, and an officer says that one student is being arrested for "for harassment for grabbing my arm." He then asks the student to step outside. As the unidentified student is pulled from the apartment, his friends scream in protest. When one woman yells "don't treat him like that," an officer responds, "shut your fucking mouth."

WATCH: Video Emerges Showing Taser Used by Tuscaloosa Police on UA Student

One video shows three students dragged from the apartment, on the ground outside the doorway. One student is repeatedly Tased by an officer while another hit him on the back with what appeared to be a nightstick. Witnesses say that at least three students were arrested, the New York Daily News reported.

In a statement, the Tuscaloosa Police Department wrote that they "have been made aware of videos regarding an incident that occurred on November 8, 2015 at 3:19 a.m. that were a result of a loud music call."

The department added:

"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 City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Police Department have been made aware of videos regarding an incident that...

Posted by Tuscaloosa Police Department on Sunday, November 8, 2015

No further information about the officers or arrests has been made available. ATTN: reached out to the Tuscaloosa Police Department for comment, but a representative could not be reached by the time of publication.