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Video Mistakenly Released By Pullman Police Could Hamper Dr. Warner Assault Investigation

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PULLMAN, Wash. - An employee in the Records Division of the Pullman Police department has inadvertently released surveillance video of a fight in which a WSU professor is severely beaten.

The video, obtained by the Spokesman Review through a public records request shows the assault on Dr. David Warner from five different surveillance cameras.

A spokesman from the Pullman Police Department says they were not ready for the video to go public.

According to Washington state law, detectives are able withhold the video from being released because the investigation is ongoing.

In the video, which KHQ has decided not to post, Dr. Warner is seen stretching his arms out between two people who are fighting before being tackled to the ground.

After the video was posted to he Spokesman's website, Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins contacted the paper and asked them to remove the video.

We reached out to the Spokesman who gave us this response to the request:

"In the spirit of cooperation with an active investigation, we have agreed to remove it from our website."

Right now investigators are in the process of re-interviewing witnesses and are expected to have their report and recommendations of charges to the prosecutor by the end of next week.

Dr. Warner has been released from the hospital and is now a rehabilitation facility where according to family members "he's relearning to walk, talk and eat." Warner's family tells KHQ that he will be transferred to another facility in about two weeks. "This is his life now. Relearning the basics of normal functioning. His injuries were life altering." Chelley Hogge tells KHQ. She is the sister of Dr. David Warner 

Investigators arrested four people in connection with the beating. No charges have been brought against them.

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