SBI To Investigate Exessive Force Allegations; ECU Fined

ECU police have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to takeover the probe into allegations that police used excessive force after the university's win over West Virginia.

University police chief Scott Shelton contacted the SBI Thursday and met with an SBI agent today. Shelton says his department has ended its investigation and has turned all of its information over to the SBI.

ECU says because of the various law enforcement agencies providing security at the game, the ECU police chief said he felt it appropriate than an independent agency look into the allegations.

After the SBI completes its investigation, Pitt County district attorney Clark Everett will decide whether any charges should be brought against law enforcement officers.

The announcement comes on the same day that the university was fined $10,000 for allowing fans on the field after the game.

Conference USA says that is a violation of its sportsmanship policy.

The conference says ECU also faces possible sanctions after Saturday's big win against West Virginia.

In a news release, Conference USA says ECU may be subject to possible suspension of hosting post-season conference championships.


Conference USA News Release

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA announced Friday that East Carolina University will be fined $10,000 and subject to a possible suspension of future hosting privileges for a violation of one of the league's sportsmanship policies which prohibits public access to competition areas.

The fine stems from East Carolina's post-game celebration, which occurred Saturday, when fans stormed the field of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium following the Pirates' 24-3 victory over No. 8 West Virginia.

The action of the fans was “clearly in violation” of the sportsmanship standards of Conference USA, according to a letter sent Thursday by league Commissioner Britton Banowsky to ECU Athletic Director Terry Holland.

In addition to an increased fine, any repetition of such an incident in football or any sport could also result in the suspension of hosting privileges for conference championship competition.

“Having personally experienced the game day atmosphere at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, I would like to congratulate the 43,610 members of the Pirate Nation who provided a national television audience with an outstanding example of how important the fans are to a great college football experience,” Banowksy said. “However, in June 2008, the conference adopted a post-game policy to ensure the safety of visiting players and officials is maintained. That cannot be achieved when fans are celebrating on the field in the presence of the visiting team.

“As is the case in every conference, we expect all 12 of our members to take the steps necessary to create a safe environment at their events. It is both a reasonable expectation and an important one.”

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said, “Our first concern at any of our athletics events is the safety of the fans and the participants. We are committed to making any changes necessary to enhance safety at these events and to follow Conference USA mandates.”

Conference USA policy states that “institutions are responsible for the conduct of spectators at events that they are hosting and that spectators should not be permitted on the field of play until the visiting team and officials have made safe transition to the locker room.”

“The Conference USA post-game policy is consistent with those of other major conferences and we support the sportsmanship objectives articulated by Commissioner Banowsky," Holland said. "It is critically important for us to refocus on winning football games so that we will have many opportunities to celebrate the unique bond that exists between our team and the Pirate Nation.”


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    To wouldnt you like to know it's a shame everyone can't be as smart and as nice as you are I'm sure you are such a joy to be around
  • by Think Location: Greenville on Sep 14, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    Bernie,I must have missed the statement were you seem to know the other conference policies and not that of the team you pull for. Why is that again? How did you come to the conclusion that I was a fair weather fan and sitting at my house to see the game?
  • by RESPONSIBILITY Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 13, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    BLAH,BLAH,BLAH! what ever happen to the old saying," that if you do something that your not suppose to do, then be reay to accept the consequences." Why SBI? It's over move on. You broke a law and the Law responded. what did you expect a welcoming party on the field. I guess we should give those students a big bowl of ice cream to make them feel better, and give chief shelton some cookies with his bowl. Boy he's really fighting crime isn't he. You go chief shelton, make our streets safer by taking cops off the streets when they did what YOU told them to do. By the way I'm not a cop, and don't even know one personally. they got what they deserved for running onto the field when asked not to. HEY chief Shelton, that Pirate uniform on the field is scary, can we hace him removed for safety!!!!
  • by Concerned Location: Eastern NC on Sep 13, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    Thank u Conference USA for fining them 4 disobeying the law. It is a shame some parents think because their kid is in college they r doing everything right. They did not follow the rules and now they must pay. Hopefully they will rush the field one more time so it all can be taken. Go Conference USA
  • by abc Location: xxx on Sep 13, 2008 at 07:11 PM
    Anonymous: Learn English: You're right is correct. Your right is NOT only incorrect it is also barbaric and pathetic... Maybe you went to ECU rated #206 academically in the nation...
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on Sep 13, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    This is how you fix the problem--You get a drunk to go out in the middle of the field before the game. You announce on the PA that the volunteer will be receiving 200.00 for his help with the demonstration. You go on to tell the crowd of rowdy fans that cant stay off the field that you will experience this....at this point you taze your volunteer until he hits the ground. Then double your officer at the games and arm them with 2 tazers per officer. This would probably keep most people off the field. Just a thought////.....
  • by EC10RET Location: NC on Sep 13, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    Well, I'm not going to change any minds here, and I'm tired of this, so I'm taking a break. Thanks Wild Bird for your description of the jerks rushing the field as "scared puppies". That was the best one yet. To all the officers involved hang in there. The SBI will conduct a fair investigation. To the pro-law enforcement commenters thanks for your support. To the anti-law enforcement comments, next time you need help, call a "fan". To the ECU administration, Stop winking at the drinking and interfering with ECUPD's efforts at controlling alcohol consumption at sporting events.
  • by ?? Location: WOULDNT U LIKE TO KNOW on Sep 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    WOW THOSE CAMERAS ARE GREAT FOR CATCHING THE LAST OF THE ACTION. HEY DIDNT ECU GET FINED FOR ALLOWING THE STUDENTS ON THE FIELD.....CAN U SAY IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW???? YET LETS NOT LET THE POLICE DO THERE JOB.... WHEN THEY DONT DO THERE JOB ITS NOT GOOD ENOUGH . WHEN THEY DO, LETS PERSECUTE THEM. IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW!!!! ALSO IT DIDNT SHOW ONE OF THE POLICE OFFICERS GETTING LAID OUT BY ONE OF THE STUDENTS BUT IT DID SHOW WHEN THE POLICE OFFICER GOT UP CHASED THE SAME GUY DOWN AND USED THE SAME AMOUNT OF FORCE BY SLAMMING HIM AND TAKING HIM INTO CUSTODY. NEXT TIME SOMEONE BREAKS IN YOUR HOUSE AND SHOOTS YOU MAYBE WELL TEL THE POLICE TO NICELY ASK THE CRIMINAL TO GIVE UP AND HE WILL LISTEN. SORRY SOMETIMES THEY USE FORCE AND THE MEDIA ALWAYS CAN MAKE IT LOOK ALOT BETTER THAN WHAT IT REALLY IS..ESPN..IF U DONT SUPPORT THE POLICE DONT CALL THEM WHEN SOMEONES GOT A GUN TO YOUR HEAD CAUSE ITS GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY MIGHT AS WELL TAKE OUR GUNS. HOPE ECU HAVE LOTS MORE DRUNK FEST

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  • by Wild Bird Location: Bath on Sep 13, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    If this happened to a child of mine I would sue they people involved. You can see from the tape and it shows a law officer throwing someone to the ground. WRONG! I know if it was my child I would throw that officer to the ground in a law suit. I would take my child out of ECU they are looking around like scared puppies wanting to know what to do next. They could of said it was wrong and stood up for their fans and students.
  • by THE LAW Location: GREENVILLE on Sep 13, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    REMEMBER "WE WIN, WE ALWAYS WIN!"
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