Several disturbing videos emerged on social media over the weekend showing police violently arresting University of Alabama students at an off-campus apartment in Tuscaloosa.
In one four-minute long video uploaded by YouTube user Jim Schwartz we see one student telling the officer that he is illegally entering their apartment. The description explains the police were responding to a noise complaint call.
The students argue with the officer before he tells the student he is under arrest — but doesn't specify the charges.
The Tuscaloosa police responded to the videos on Twitter Sunday evening:
Tuscaloosa PD have been made ware of videos of an incident on Nov 8, 2015. A full investigation of the circumstances is being conducted.
— Tuscaloosa Police (@TuscaloosaPD) November 9, 2015
Another video uploaded by John James shows officers pulling two students out of the apartment. One of them is hit with a Taser and then thrown to the ground where he is beaten by officers as they try to arrest him. The other student is thrown to the ground next to him.
A third video shows a woman being pushed to the ground as police jump on top of her.
Twitter erupted over the videos, condemning police actions against the students:
And a student who posted one of the videos said, "Tuscaloosa Police proving once again they view UA students as nothing but a nuisance."
The Tuscaloosa Police Department has posted a statement on its Facebook page about the video. It reads:
The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Police Department have been made aware of videos regarding an incident that occurred on November 8, 2015 at 3:19 am that were 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.
AL.com shared one version of the video on their Twitter page:
— AL.com (@aldotcom) November 9, 2015
Another angle of the beating has emerged on Twitter:
Here's another video angle of Tuscaloosa police beating the crap out of students. https://t.co/d9eneg30Ji
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 9, 2015