Community remain skeptical after release of police footage


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Crescent East community continued to talk about what they took away from watching more than two hours of police footage from Friday night’s death of Anthony Ware, and so far they had more questions than answers.

Resident Rhonda Harris could be seen rummaging through the wooded area where Anthony Ware lost his life, she tried to piece together what happened to Ware when he ran into the woods, “I needed to see, I needed to see his pain and where it all ended, ” she said.

Many residents like Donnea Cannon, remained skeptical after watching the recently released police footage, “okay Ant[hony] had asthma, okay he shouldn’t have ran, but okay everybody get in trouble, but they brought up that situation too, that has nothing to do with what happen that night,” she said. “If the autopsy come back that he died from asthmatic then okay, but still for the most part we know what happened out here.”

On Wednesday night a resident said there was uproar in the neighborhood after many got their hands on the footage, but Thursday, the streets were empty, as people continued to talk about the inevitable.

“Well I watched the whole two hours of the video, the recordings and everything, i dont think it was good at all,” said Cannon.

“I mean they knew it before they got to him,” added Harris.

Two hours and fourteen minutes into the police footage you could see officers repeatedly performing CPR and can even catch a glimpse of Ware’s lifeless face. But just like Ware’s family, the rest of the community anxiously await autopsy results.

“I hope that people honestly believe that we are being as transparent as possible, throughout this whole process, we are doing everything we can within to not only reassure Mr. Ware’s family but our community that we are commited to protect and serving the people that live in our community,” said Chief Steve Anderson of Tuscaloosa Police.

Chief Anderson is on record saying he planned to fight to get defibrillators to trained EMT’s on his staff so that they can be better prepared in the future. At least one of the responding officers in the Anthony Ware case was a trained EMT, she told the chief she wished she had a defibrillator the night ware died.

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