Disturbing video emerged Sunday showing Tuscaloosa, Ala. police officers ripping a University of Alabama student out of his apartment before tasering and beating him.
Videos recorded from outside of the apartment, which is located near the school’s campus, also show other officers joining in the altercation and beating the student with a club or flashlight.
The Tuscaloosa police department is conducting an internal investigation of the incident, which occurred at around 3 a.m.
The full context of the incident is not clear, though students at the apartment said that police were responding to a noise complaint. The videos begin as a police officer is attempting to arrest a man who reportedly lives at the apartment. He refused to step outside of the domicile, saying he had done nothing wrong. The officer is heard saying that the man had grabbed his arm, though witnesses filming the incident disputed the claim.
The police officer is then seen pushing a friend of the man being arrested. He then yanks the target of the arrest outside of the apartment as one of several other officers at the scene uses a Taser on him. Another officer is seen beating the man.
A woman from inside the apartment begins screaming during the incident and runs outside. She is then pushed to the ground as officers jump on top of her.
“The cop came in without knocking, couldn’t tell them why they’re being arrested, abused their authority completely,” one witness wrote in a text message shared with The Daily Caller.
“It was disgusting.”
According to a website called Total Frat Move, the man who was arrested was charged with harassment, obstruction of government operations, and resisting arrest. He was held on $2,000 bail.
Tuscaloosa police are conducting an internal investigation of the incident.
.@TuscaloosaPD has forwarded videos of an arrest made this morning to internal affairs investigators. Full investigation to be conducted.
— City of Tuscaloosa (@tuscaloosacity) November 9, 2015