Lansing community leaders speak out against hate

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 10:15:29-04

The Lansing Police Chief, Mayor, and several community groups gathered at City Hall to condemn what authorities are calling a hate crime against a local Hispanic man.

"We're certainly going at it from a law enforcement end, we will get to the bottom of it and we will get justice, but we also want to make sure that as a community, we respond and continue to send the message of welcome, and really respect and love, ultimately for our neighbors," Mayor Virg Bernero said.

So far, authorities have been vague about the details of the incident, but revealed Tuesday they were serious enough to need the FBI's help with the investigation.

"In order to keep the integrity of the case in tact, we are not formally releasing that information at this time, but the information that was provided to us, and the evidence at the scene, certainly would indicate that this is a hate crime investigation," Chief Mike Yanowski of the Lansing Police Department said.

Though no arrests have been made, this sketch of a suspect was released Tuesday following the press conference, and authorities urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward.