HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
815 Wheeler Avenue Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Chief of Police
|Dr. Harry Hobbs|
Communications Relations Officer
Arrest of Joshua Chukwuedozie
(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.