East Lansing police continue investigating Saturday’s post-game riot


Some of the more rowdy members of Saturday night’s East Lansing crowd are facing the music today.

All but one of the 23 people arrested that night were misdemeanors. Some of them had their first court appearances today.

East Lansing Police Captain Chad Connelly says given Michigan State University’s history of post-game riots, he was relieved that things didn’t get any worse.

“We did still have some incidents, some arrests that were made that night, some fires that were set,” Connelly said, “however in the grand scheme of things, for the most part the vast majority of people celebrated responsibly and even took the loss responsibly and didn’t act out in a negative fashion.”

The nine Michigan State students who were arrested may have to deal with another set of consequences. A spokesperson for the university said they’ll have to figure out the best plan of action on a case by case basis, but they will work with the East Lansing police to get any information they need as part of that process.

“If they need things from us, being our partner we will provide things for them such as reports, things that we can legally provide to them to assist them in the processes that they’re going to take to address their concerns.”

Going forward, Connelly says the seven different  law enforcement agencies who came together on the big night will continue to be there for each other.

“It’s really in these massive events where law enforcements truly could come together and we take care of each other,” Connelly said. “We have to.”

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