PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Pullman Police Department accidentally released the surveillance video that shows an assault on a WSU professor. KREM 2 News spoke with Pullman P.D. leaders on Thursday who said their staff mistakenly released that video to the Spokesman-Review.
KREM 2 News asked the Police Commander if early release of the video could compromise the investigation before the case is forwarded to the prosecutor. Commander Chris Tennant replied “it's certainly not going to help.”
Tennant also added that people can draw their own conclusions. He acknowledged that there is no getting the video back since it was already released.
Later on Thursday evening the Spokesman-Review removed the video from their website at the request of the Pullman Police Dept.
The tape will most likely become available next week to the public when the case is forwarded to the Whitman County Prosecutor for review for possible charges.
Court documents stated three male suspects attacked Warner on March 30th in a Pullman parking lot. The police report said one suspect punched Warner while two others tackled him. Officers later arrested Robert D. Bean, John "Matt" Cabanos-Soriano, Joshua Nantz, and Madeline Fouts.
All four suspects are free at this time. Pullman police said the case should be forwarded to the Whitman County Prosecutor's Office in one week.
Warner suffered serious head injuries that required emergency surgery to remove a piece of his skull according to court records. Doctors released him from Sacred Heart Medical Center eight days ago and he is continuing to recover.