Tuscaloosa Police release video of student arrests involving stun gun, baton

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa Police have released body camera footage from a recent arrest near the University of Alabama involving officers who were recorded using a stun gun and baton.

Police Chief Steven Anderson says authorities met with attorneys representing three people who were arrested Nov. 8 when police were called to investigate a noise complaint.  Police uploaded video to the department’s YouTube channel Wednesday morning.

The entire video is more than 2 hours long, and some of it was redacted because it contains information that is not public record.

Residents of the building where the arrests took place said fans had been celebrating Alabama’s football win over Louisiana State.

Video showed police pulling three people out of an apartment after an argument. Officers used a stun gun on at least one person and repeatedly hit another with a baton.

Three officers involved the arrests were put on paid administrative leave.  Chief Anderson said earlier this month he is “deeply disappointed” in how his officers responded.

"For me personally, when we have a situation like this, I take it personally. I wonder as a leader have I failed my department in some way? Have I provided adequate training? We'll be doing additional training. There will be some changes made. I take it personally when something happens in my department that creates a black eye on the city of Tuscaloosa," Anderson said.

The students arrested were: Matthew Gimlin Macia, 22, of Johns Creek, Ga.; Brandon James Williford, 21, of Tenn.; and Carolin Elizabeth Giddis, 22, of Tenn. All three were charged with obstructing governmental operations. Macia and Williford were charged with resisting arrest. Williford and Giddis were charged with harassment.

Photos: Tuscaloosa Police Department

Photos: Tuscaloosa Police Department