University not releasing footage of black man's beating

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Posted: Apr 21, 2016 2:48 PM

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of a North Carolina university says the school hasn't released surveillance video of an on-campus beating of a black man by four white people last month because of an ongoing criminal investigation.

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard said Wednesday that Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb has subpoenaed all copies of the tape of the beating of 26-year-old Patrick Myrick, according to news outlets.

"The Pitt County district attorney has instructed East Carolina that the video is not to be released because it is part of a criminal investigation," Ballard added in a statement to the outlets.

Greenville police said Myrick was attacked March 17 after he hit a woman in the face and she fell to the ground. Several people ran to Myrick and began beating him, then chased him and beat him again, according to authorities.

Myrick suffered serious injuries and had to be taken to the hospital, police said.

Police said earlier this week that the FBI is reviewing the case due to racial overtones.

University officials had previously said they would release the footage. But Ballard's statement said the university would release the tape when Robb authorizes that.