815 Wheeler Avenue      Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Lewis Morris
Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Arrest of Joshua Chukwuedozie Ude  



Huntsville, Alabama (October 28, 2013) Off-duty Huntsville police arrested 23-year-old Joshua Chukwuedozie Ude on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, on charges of Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespassing following reports of disruptive conduct during a church service at First Baptist Church, 600 Governor’s Drive.


Church members contacted officers working at the church regarding suspicious behavior by Ude and his two adult male companions. Witnesses told police that the three men entered the church after the 11 a.m. service began. One of the men remained in the sanctuary hallway while Ude and another man walked to the front row and began videotaping the pastor and congregation.  The three men left the church building on their own accord before the service concluded. 


Police approached the three men as they left the building to inquire about their activities. During that conversation, Ude became uncooperative, refused to leave, and was subsequently arrested.  Ude’s companions, who were also detained by police, videotaped the arrest, posted it to You Tube within 30 minutes and contacted local media.  The video does not show the events leading up to Ude’s arrest. 


“Initial review of the posted videotapes indicate the officers used appropriate techniques under the circumstances,” said Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris. “However, I have instructed our Internal Affairs division to investigate any alleged use of excessive force during the arrest of Mr. Ude.