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No Charges Filed in Alleged Attack on MSU Jewish Student

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No Charges Filed in Alleged Attack on MSU Jewish Student

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Sep 27, 2012

Charges will not be filed against anyone involved in the alleged assault of MSU student Zach Tennen.

Tennen told East Lansing police he was assaulted because of his Jewish religion at a party on August 26.

Police interviewed more than 50 witnesses and found no evidence the attack on Tennen was a hate crime.

After reviewing all evidence submitted by the police department, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III says no charges should be issued at this time. He believes there is no evidence that any ethnic/religious/racial bias was involved in this incident.

In a letter issued by a spokesperson for the Tennen family, the family is "cognizant of the fact that substantial resources were expended to investigate these allegations and that there is insufficient evidence of a hate crime to go forward with criminal prosecution."

The letter goes on to say "the Tennen family is grateful for the professionalism of law enforcement and the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office in conducting a full and fair investigation of this matter and believes that justice will best be served by closing the investigation at this time."