MIDLAND, TX -- The Midland Police Department and the City of Midland have opted to release the body cam footage that details the arrest of Tye Anders. Anders was taken into custody several days ago after he failed to stop during a traffic stop and resisted arrest.
The city, as well as the police department, faced backlash after they announced they would not be releasing the footage of the arrest. The arrest garnered a variety of reactions from the community.
According to CBS7, the Midland Police Department released a variety of body cam videos that showcase the scene from the officers' point of view.
District 2 City Council member John Norman today announced the release of the police body camera video regarding the arrest of Anders earlier this month.
"This morning I called a meeting made up of some of my District 2 Advisory Committee, the Mayor, the Police Chief, and other members of the City Staff and Community to discuss releasing the video," said Norman. "We know that every second of the video will be scrutinized and debated on social media for days. I don't have a problem with that at all. Because at my core, I believe that transparency builds trust. The group this morning shared this belief."
A shortened version can be seen in the video above and three extended length videos can be seen at the links at the bottom of this article.
Norman also announced he will be hosting a series of Community Conversations that will give citizens the platform to discuss Anders' arrest, the video, and race relations in the city. The first Community Conversation will take place on May 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Midland.
"By creating opportunities for us to listen, at times, and place convenient to the community, we will build a better Midland."
All the footage has been uploaded to the Midland Police Department's YouTube page.
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