Mayor Defends Arrests Following MSU’s Win

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The City of East Lansing has continued to charge people arrested Saturday night in the disturbance following MSU's football game.



The disturbance wasn't East Lansing's first experience with riot, police and burning couches, but Mayor Nathan Triplett says it should be the city's last. “It's not a right of passage. It's criminal behavior and it can't happen here in our community,” said Triplett.

Triplett says the city and MSU will hold those reponsible accountable. 15 people were arrested Saturday night, not for starting the disturbance, but for being within 300 feet of a fire, a city ordinance that thousands of people violated.

“I think it maybe time for the city of East Lansing to review some of the city ordinances,” said Joshua Covert, an associate for Nichols Law Firm in East Lansing.

Covert says it doesn't make much sense to criminally charge someone merely being near a fire. “I find it troubling that they're choosing to get maybe innocent by-standers as opposed ot people that are actually contributing to the problem.”

“There's no such thing as an innocent bystander in these situations. We have a disorderly conduct ordinance for a reason,” said Triplett. He says by standing and watching, people aren't innocent. They prevent police and fire from doing their job.


“The best thing that could happen in these situations is people do the responsible thing which is when a fire is lit, you go home,” said the mayor.

Eight of the 15 arrested have been charged with disorderly conduct.

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