- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa police said Friday that they have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man who died in police custody after being pepper sprayed by officers.

In a post on the department’s Facebook page, the Tuscaloosa Police Department said authorities had contacted the FBI and asked the Department of Justice to conduct an independent review of the case in the interest of being transparent. Anthony Ware died last week, shortly after he was detained on a charge of attempting to elude officers, authorities have said.

Earlier this week, the department released hours of dash- and body-camera footage from the night Ware died and held a news conference to discuss the footage.

The video shows Ware running from police after patrol cars stopped on the street, but doesn’t show the moment he was pepper sprayed.

Roughly 60 of the department’s 286 officers wear body cameras, but none of the first officers who arrived on the scene was outfitted with them, Police Chief Steven Anderson has said.

Another portion of the video shows officers performing CPR while Ware lies in the woods. An emergency responder can be heard saying that Ware may have gone into cardiac arrest.

Ware’s official cause of death has not been released. The department has requested an expedited autopsy and all investigative findings will be turned over to the county district attorney, Anderson said.


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