Ingham County’s prosecutor said a Michigan State University sophomore who claimed he was punched in the face last month because he is Jewish was not the victim of a hate crime.
“There is no indication at all that this was a hate crime. None. Zero,” Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said Monday. “I think it’s a shame when one person makes an allegation and everyone takes it as the truth and gets up in arms about it.”
The Anti-Defamation League accepts the finding:
Our understanding is that the investigation is now nearly complete. Based on interviews with more than 50 witnesses who were at the party that night, the East Lansing Police have apparently concluded that while the student was the victim of a serious physical assault, the evidence does not support his claim that the assault involved anti-Semitic hate speech or gestures, nor does it indicate that the incident was motivated by his religion.
The story is a very sad one, on many levels. However, based on the best information currently available, ADL does not believe this incident should be treated as a hate crime.