GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Starting Wednesday, East Carolina Police will receive special training from a group out of Florida.
It’s called “Fair and Impartial Policing Training”. The goal is to change the way officers think about biased policing and to keep it from happening.
The group will cover topics like recruitment and hiring, policy, accountability, and outreach to diverse communities.
The training comes after an assault case earlier this year, where an African American man was allegedly seriously injured by a group of white suspects and then handcuffed by a white ECU Police officer.
The incident started in uptown outside Club 519 and ended on ECU’s campus near the West End Dining Hall.
The ECU officer has since been fired
The incident created a lot of controversy in the city and the ECU community, as some claim it was a racially motivated hate crime. Yet the Greenville Police Department found no evidence of that in their investigation.
That’s why GPD asked the FBI to review the case as well.
Meanwhile, the victim, Patrick Myrick, is also facing charges from that night. He’s charged with misdemeanor assault on a female after officers say he hit a woman outside Club 519.
That incident allegedly motivated the six suspects to chase him from the club to campus, where they’re accused of beating him.