Ingham County Prosecutor Says E.L. Attack Not a Hate Crime
MSU sophomore Zachary Tennen claimed he was attacked at a party last month because he was Jewish, but Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III says that's not the case.
The 18-year-old from Farmington Hills accused of the attack has yet to be charged.
“There is no indication at all that this was a hate crime... None. Zero,” said Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III. “I think it’s a shame when one person makes an allegation, and everyone takes it as the truth and gets up in arms about it.”
The incident left Tennen with a broken jaw. He claimed that attackers asked if he was Jewish, did the Nazi salute, and punched him.
Witnesses have a different take on the incident, believing it was not motivated by hate.
According to one report, "Dunnings said he met with East Lansing police detectives last week and asked for more information. It’s possible he will make a decision this week about whether to file charges, he said."