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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Releases Findings on ELPD Case

EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the City of East Lansing received a report from the Washtenaw County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney regarding a use of force case involving an East Lansing police officer.

The arrest took place on December 28, 2019 and subsequently resulted in a complaint of excessive force. Following an ELPD internal investigation that did not result in a final disposition, it was referred to the Michigan State Police (MSP) First District Special Investigation Division for review the week of March 15, 2020. MSP reported their findings to ELPD on April 29, 2020, which concluded that the officer’s use of force was appropriate to the individual’s level of resistance in light of the totality of circumstances.

The City was later notified by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office (ICPO) that they did not perform a video review of the use of force during the arrest prior to issuing charges. In light of this information, the City requested a use of force review by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in early June 2020.

The case was initially transferred to the prosecuting attorney for Jackson County prior to being transferred to the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on July 13, 2020. After reviewing the case in its entirety, including several video/audio recordings of the incident, Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Steven Hiller has denied prosecution of the officer. In his report, Hiller notes that there is no evidence that the force used by the officer was unwarranted or excessive under the circumstances. Hiller’s complete report can be viewed here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/9886/ProsecutorFindings_Redacted-PDF.

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