EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas has issued the following statement regarding a complaint of excessive force stemming from an arrest made by the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) on December 28, 2019:
“The City of East Lansing has requested a use of force review from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office regarding a complaint of excessive force. The City was notified this week by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office that they did not perform a video review of the use of force during an arrest made by ELPD last December, which resulted in a subsequent complaint of excessive force. It was the City’s understanding that this was a regular part of their review for charges. ELPD requested a review of the use of force from the Michigan State Police (MSP) on March 13, 2020. That review found no excessive force, but MSP did note in support of their finding that the Ingham County Prosecutor’s review resulted in the issuance of charges against the individual arrested and not the officer who had been the focus of the MSP review.
As we have now learned that the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office did not do a video review of the arrest, we have requested that they complete a use of force review in this case.”