GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Several organizations gathered at the Carver Library Wednesday evening to protest the decision to delay the release of a March 17th video which shows a group altercation on ECU’s campus.
The assault seriously injured a 26-year old African American man. It resulted in 5 arrests and the firing of an ECU officer who handcuffed the victim at the scene but did not arrest anyone involved in the incident.
All the suspects and the officer involved are white. The incident was captured by ECU surveillance cameras but the video was asked to be withheld until the case is resolved in court.
Now members of the community are gathering to ask that the videos be released to the public.
“We are saying to the District Attorney, your subpoena that took the videos from ECU is against the best interest of the people. We ask that you make these available especially in light of the fact that the Chancellor of the University said that as soon as the investigation is over they would turn them over to the people,” said Don Cavellini, Co-Chair of the Coalition Against Racism.
ECU’s legal department claims the video is an investigative record, not a public record because the ECU Police Department was monitoring the assault as it was happening and has had the video since the assault occurred.