Man dies after pepper sprayed by police in Alabama arrest: media reports
A 35-year-old man in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, died after officers used pepper spray to subdue him when he resisted arrest, local media reported on Saturday, citing police.
Police received a call on Friday night that a man identified as Anthony Ware was armed with a gun and sitting on a porch at an apartment complex in the city, the Tuscaloosa News reported on its website.
When officers arrived, Ware ran into nearby woods and was chased by officers who used the pepper spray before placing him in handcuffs, according to the paper.
Afterwards, Ware collapsed as he was walking out of the woods, Tuscaloosa police sergeant Brent Blankley told Birmingham television station WIAT 42.
Police conduct in the United States has been under scrutiny over the past year after a series of deaths of black men in confrontations with police that have provoked protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement. Ware was black, the Tuscaloosa News said, adding he was pursued by six police officers, including at least three white officers as well as a black officer and an Asian officer.
Police plan to release video of the arrest from a vehicle dash cam and body cameras, Tuscaloosa assistant police chief Ronnie Dunn told a news conference on Saturday, according to the Tuscaloosa News.
Police said they tried to revive Ware and that he was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the newspaper reported. An autopsy is planned and a Tuscaloosa County homicide unit will investigate the death, according to local media.
A representative from the Tuscaloosa Police Department did not return calls.