Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are investigating videos that emerged on social media Sunday showing an officer using a Taser on a University of Alabama student while responding to a noise complaint.
The incident happened at an apartment complex near the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson White campus newspaper reported.
The videos show an officer standing at the threshold of the apartment confronting a number of students inside who were asking whether anyone was being arrested or detained. The officer doesn't respond at first but then announces that he is arresting someone for grabbing his arm, which one student then denies.
That's when things get even more tense, with the officer telling one student to "get the f*** out of the way" as the cop forces his way inside. Videos posted to Twitter show officers beating students and even using a Taser on at least one other.
Is this legal? This happened in Tuscaloosa over a noise complaint. Make this go viral pic.twitter.com/sb7UG34sPa— Kellen Kling (@kelloggskling)November 9, 2015
Another video shows the perspective from inside the apartment:
This is a second video taken from inside of the apartment. pic.twitter.com/ClsmSmIZeK— Pete Pajor (@petepajor) November 9, 2015
Backup officers arrive and are seen dragging more students outside as one individual is heard yelling, "Why are you handcuffing me?"
"There are two more people upstairs," one student, who apparently wasn't arrested, tells police. One officer starts to go upstairs but stops after being told he is "illegally searching."
"Go upstairs now or you'll be arrested too," an officer tells the students remaining inside.
It's not clear how many were arrested or whether anyone was injured. The Tuscaloosa Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze but said in a statement that the incident is being investigated.
.@TuscaloosaPD has forwarded videos of an arrest made this morning to internal affairs investigators. Full investigation to be conducted.— City of Tuscaloosa (@City of Tuscaloosa)1447037425.0
"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," read a statement provided to the Crimson White.
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