An East Carolina University police officer was fired on Tuesday after the university determined that he had violated the department’s policies while responding to a fight, East Carolina said in a news release.
The officer, Ralph Whitehurst, responded to a fight on March 17 that began at a club in downtown Greenville when a man hit a woman in the face, The News and Observer reported. The woman and two other men, who are white, later assaulted the man, who is black, on the campus.
After the man was beaten, Mr. Whitehurst put the “seriously injured” victim in handcuffs, according to the newspaper.
The Greenville police have asked the FBI to review the case for potential hate-crime charges, according to The News and Observer.
The East Carolina Police Department will also bring in an outside expert to train officers in fair and impartial policing, and will review officers’ behavior from surveillance video, the release said.