EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Police say they are not taking any chances in East Lansing, since the city is no stranger to riots. In past years, the madness has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In 1999, when Michigan State lost to Duke in the NCAA final four and in 2005 after MSU's final four loss to the University of North carolina, rioting, destruction and violence filled the streets.
This year, police say rioting is something they don't anticipate. Lt. Kyle Bowman with MSP said they've worked hard to get the word out about celebrating responsibily. Still, they're not taking any chances by bringing in extra officers.
Although surrounding law enforcement agencies are not over staffing, they are prepared in case the city needs their assistance.
"We specifically are not deploying any troopers to the city at this time, however, we are prepared to respond if East Lansing asks for it. We do have additional patrols throughout the weekend as part of our ouyl enforcement that have taken on during this spring break, March Madness season," said Lt. Bowman.
Police say as the tournament progesses, they will continue to amp up their presence, including having more officers out Sunday night. They say if MSU wins Friday, they expect a celebration. If they lose, they expect people to be disappointed, but either way police say they are there to ensure everyone's safety.
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