TUSCALOOSA – Tuscaloosa Police arrested three University of Alabama students after a struggle ensued between officers and the students while responding to a noise complaint.

It happened after 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 8th at 12 Avenue Place apartments in Tuscaloosa.

According to police, officers tried to speak with the suspects before the struggle ensued.

The suspects used their smart phones to video the initial encounter with police and the struggle afterwards where tasers were utilized. The videos were later disseminated to other students and shared on social media.

Police arrested:

  • 22-year-old Matthew Gimlin Macia of Johns Creek, GA and charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Resisting Arrest
  • 21-year-old Brandon James Williford of Tennessee and charged him with Obstructing Governmental Operations, Harassment and Resisting Arrest
  • 22-year-old Caroline Elizabeth Giddis of Tennessee and charged her with Obstructing Governmental Operations and Harassment

During a press conference Monday afternoon Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson revealed the three officers involved in the struggle and arrests were placed on administrative leave. Chief Anderson went on to say that he was deeply disturbed by the way the officers reacted.

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