BODY CAM VIDEO OF TPD, STUDENT VIOLENCE WILL BE RELEASED

TUSCALOOSA – Police plan to release body camera video shot by an officer at the scene of a noise complaint that lead to a violent confrontation with three University of Alabama students and their arrest.

Tuesday, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson announced though a media release that the body camera video will be available on YouTube Wednesday morning before 9 a.m.. A press conference will follow at 11 a.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

In his release, Chief Anderson described some of the footage and language contained in the video as offensive.

However, at least two videos of the encounter between Tuscaloosa Police officers and the three University of Alabama students already exist. According to friends of the arrested students, the videos were shot by the students and later disseminated by them through smart phones and social media.

Both videos show Tuscaloosa Police officers attempting to respond to a noise complaint at Morgan Apartments around 2 a.m. Sunday, November 8th. The officers make requests that the students do not believe to be legal, and refuse to comply. The situations quickly intensified, leading to the tasing of one male student while another was hit with a police baton.

Police arrested:

  • 22-year-old Matthew Gimlin Macia and charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Resisting Arrest.
  • 21-year-old Brandon James Williford and charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations, Harassment and Resisting Arrest.
  • 22-year-old Caroline Elizabeth Giddis and charged her with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Resting Arrest.

Chief Anderson later identified the officers involved as James Kent, Philip Champion and Gregory Pimm. All three were placed on paid leave.

 

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