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Tuscaloosa’s police chief says he hopes releasing more than two hours of video and audio footage dispels any concerns of police misconduct in the death of a man while in custody that occurred Friday.

Yesterday, Tuscaloosa police released footage from the night Anthony Ware died after he was pepper sprayed and handcuffed.

The footage shows a man running into the woods after patrol cars pull up to an apartment block. It later shows officers performing CPR on Ware in the woods. Authorities say the moment Ware was sprayed and detained last Friday wasn't recorded.

Tuscaloosa police say a man collapsed and died Friday night after officers sprayed him with pepper spray while arresting him.

Anthony Dewayne Ware, 35, was pronounced dead at Druid City Hospital late Friday night, according to authorities.


City officials in Tuscaloosa say they've informed representatives of the Uber ridesharing service that drivers will soon face arrest unless the company complies with the city's demands.

Tuscaloosa police Sgt. Brent P. Blankley tells The Tuscaloosa News that police will begin making arrests Wednesday under the city's taxi regulation laws unless the company meets the city's requirements.

Tuscaloosa's many college students are a lucrative market for Uber's business model.

Tuscaloosa police say they are working with federal authorities to investigate an attack on the department's phone system.

Sgt. Brent P. Blankley said in a statement the department was targeted in an attack known as a telephone denial of service on Tuesday afternoon. Blankley says the attack involves multiple phone calls coming into the department at once, which is meant to jam the department's phone system.

Blankley says the objective of the attack is usually to prevent departments from receiving legitimate calls and disrupting public safety operations.

Authorities in Tuscaloosa are piecing together what led to a shooting at a downtown bar that left seventeen people injured.  

This is how the day ended.

“I’d like to report to the media and the public that we do have a suspect in custody at this time,” says Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson

This is how it started.

“At approximately 12:29 am, the Tuscaloosa Police Department started receiving 9-1-1 calls concerning an individual who was shooting at the Copper Top Bar.”